COLD SNAPPED: Warming trend begins today in the Finger Lakes

The end of the coldest stretch of weather Finger Lakes residents have endured in recent memory is in sight. Today’s high temperature should push into the mid-twenties later this afternoon which will feel almost spring-like after the low single digit and negative numbers of the past 72 hours. Even better news… this should be just the beginning of a major warm-up heading into the work week.

Here’s the latest:

From FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:

Once we dig out of this deep freeze, temperatures will continue to be near to above normal for much of the remainder of January. I’ve mentioned the European Model Ensembles before. As a refresher, the European model is consistently the top weather model in the world. The ensemble suite is where the European model is run 51 different times with a slight variation in the initial conditions or equations for each run. This results in a variety of possible scenarios for the future weather. Averaging these ensembles is a good way to get a general idea of what weather patterns are most probable. Over the next 15 days in Ithaca, the European Ensemble averages have more days with high temperatures in the 40s than in the 20s (or colder).




EXPIRED! Wind Chill Warning
WHO: Entire Region
WHEN: Until Sunday, 7 am (EXPIRED)
WHAT: Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Expect wind chills to range from 20 to 30 below zero at times with strong winds. This dangerously cold weather can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin.

EXPIRED! Lake Effect Snow Warning
WHO: Northern Cayuga, Monroe & Wayne Counties
WHEN: Until 10 pm, Saturday (EXPIRED)
WHAT: Heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow expected. Dangerously cold wind chills also expected. Travel will be very difficult at times. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 14 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows.



And, to lighten your mood, this is pretty cool…

Hope springs eternal…


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Active Warnings / Advisories / Watches by County:

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– Wayne
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More Coverage

Wind Chill Warning Thursday night through Sunday morning (Chronicle-Express)
Lake effect snow, bitter cold will make travel difficult in CNY over the next few days (CNY Central)
Concerns with frigid wind chill temps (Daily Messenger)
Snow and extreme cold close out week (Daily Messenger)
Low temperatures Friday and Saturday expected to challenge century-old records (FL Times)
Dangerous Wind Chills and Lake Effect Snow Likely Through Saturday (FLXWeather.com)
East coast “bombogenesis” expected as nor’easter strengthens (FLXWeather.com)
Wind chill forecast map for Upstate NY: How cold will it feel where you live? (Syracuse.com)
Bundle up for 66 straight hours of below-zero wind chill in Central NY (Syracuse.com)
What Central NY school districts have already decided to close Friday due to cold? (Syracuse.com)
Syracuse police remind pet owners to protect animals from sub-zero temperatures (Syracuse.com)
Cayuga County-area cancellations and closings for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 (The Citizen)
Expect to feel punishing cold Friday and Saturday (WHAM)
Salt use in Irondequoit already higher than all of last winter combined (WHAM)
State Police urge caution when traveling on Thruway (WHEC)
Dozens of local flights canceled amid wintry weather (WHEC)
Icy Great Lakes a concern for shipping, safety (WXXI)


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