First alert weather: Winter officially arrives on Tuesday, but very little winter weather in forecast

[anvplayer video=”5078648″ station=”998131″]

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — When we look ahead to the next six to seven days, today’s weather is the coldest of the entire period.

Even though the winter season officially arrives on Tuesday at 10:59 a.m., there is very little for “snow lovers” to rejoice about in Western New York. As of this morning, snowfall at the Rochester Airport is still running almost 14 inches below normal, and it is more than likely that this snowfall deficit will grow in the coming week.

Look for a few breaks in the cloud cover for the evening. This, in concert with some very dry air and light winds, will cause the temperature to fall into the upper teens. If this happens as expected, it will be the coldest night so far this season. Monday will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine with dry weather continuing for much of the day. After a chilly start, it will turn breezy and a little milder for the late afternoon. We expect the temperature to rise into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.

It may be a little unusual for this time of the year, but calm and tranquil weather conditions are expected for much of the week. The News10NBC Frist Alert meteorologists expect Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to be mainly dry. All four days will bring partly to mostly cloudy skies with the temperature ranging from the mid-30s to near 40 degrees. This is good news for holiday travels and shoppers, but our chance of a White Christmas will become less and less likely as the week wears on.

Our only hope for some snow could come with a low-pressure system that will be moving across the U.S./Canadian border by later in the week. It appears the track of the low will be well north of Western New York which would put Rochester on the warm side of this storm. Early indications show milder temperatures for Christmas Day and the chance of rain.

“Bah humbug” said the meteorologist!


For the latest weather update join us on News10NBC and download the WHEC First Alert Weather app.

Watch the latest full forecast at