First Alert Weather: The snow will not last through the holiday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The first full day of the winter season has brought back some snow to Western New York. A cold front has passed over the Great Lakes and the northeast today.

As a result, cold air has reenergized lake effect snow with most of the newly formed bands coming in off Lake Ontario. We expect predominantly a gusty northwest wind for tonight and that should drive several bands of lake snow into the Rochester area. These bands of snow will be moving and migrating across the area so snowfall coverage and intensity will vary significantly for tonight. Since the bands will not settle into any one location for very long we expect limited accumulation. However, keep in mind that any burst of snow may limit visibility for short periods of time.

The News10NBC First Alert meteorologists expect a general accumulation of a dusting to an inch, but in persistent snow one to three inches of snow is possible by morning. The greatest likelihood of the higher amount of snow will be along Route 104 from northeastern Monroe County and a good portion of Wayne County.

Look for some of these lake flurries and snow showers to end Thursday morning with any additional accumulation at less than an inch. It will be less windy, but cold with the temperature hovering in the mid-30s. During the day on Friday, we expect mainly dry weather with mostly cloudy skies. The temperature will moderate to near 40 degrees. Christmas Eve will bring a rising temperature through the 30s and 40s with rain showers likely.

Unfortunately, a white Christmas is not likely for Western New York. Our theme of milder weather will prevail with the temperature rising into the mid-40s and occasional rain. However, although a little late, it will get a colder Saturday night with rain changing to snow showers. These flurries and light snow showers will continue off and on into Sunday. The temperature will remain in the upper 30s.

We hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season!


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