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Latest look at weekend cold, storm potential next week

A windy, cold weekend will be followed up with the potential for a winter storm next week. Here are the latest no-hype details.

Cold air has invaded the Finger Lakes on north-northwest winds. Most areas are in the single digits early Saturday morning.

Areas of lake effect snow exist across some parts of the Finger Lakes while the sun is shining outside of any snow bands. Most of the snow early this morning is located over the south and western portions of the region.

As the morning goes on, winds will become a bit more westerly, sending flurries and squalls back north into the northern and eastern Finger Lakes. The snow should remain generally in these areas for most of the day, with several inches possible in some of the heavier snow bands.

The wind will increase significantly this morning and continue into the afternoon. Wind gusts over 40 mph are likely throughout the region with a few places possibly gusting to or above 50 mph.

The problems with the wind will be threefold. First, wind that strong can cause some minor tree damage and sporadic power outages. Second, the wind will blow the snow, causing poor visibilities and poor travel conditions from drifting snow. Lastly, with temperatures only reaching the teens today, wind chills will be near or below zero most of the day.

The wind will gradually taper off overnight and the snow will dissipate Sunday morning.

Sunday will be cold still, but without the wind and snow, it will not seem as bad. Plus, the sun will set an hour later as Daylight Savings Time begins, so make sure you set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Read more from FLXWeather.com, which includes a look at next week’s potential storm.

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