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Foot of snow to hit Finger Lakes Wednesday

Don’t be fooled by the spring-like weather on Tuesday. Things are going to change quickly by Wednesday morning. FingerLakes1.com Staff Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has the latest on a late season winter storm that could drop over a foot of snow across the entire Finger Lakes region.There is enough confidence now in a major winter storm to make a SnowMap. Most models now show a similar storm track from the mid-Mississippi Valley, through the Ohio Valley to near New York City. However, slight variations in the storm path will likely cause some changes in the SnowMap over the next 24 hours.The biggest uncertainty at this point is warm air across the Southern Tier and eastern Finger Lakes. Temperatures on Tuesday will be in the upper 40s and 50s, with cold air coming in Tuesday night and Wednesday. How fast the cold air can move southeast will have a major impact on how much snow areas like Bath, Elmira and Ithaca see. Further south and east, most of the storm will likely be mixed precipitation, keeping accumulations much lower. It will likely be a very sharp cut off between a lot of snow and a storm that does not seem too impressive.Further north, the uncertainty is just in the path of the storm and where exactly the heaviest snow sets up. The areas near Rochester may end up as the winners for this storm due to enhancement from Lake Ontario. In early February, we had a storm on a similar track that produced some very high snow totals in this area due to lake effect.The heaviest snow will likely fall Wednesday afternoon after starting as light snow overnight Tuesday. Even as the snow tapers off and moves east on Thursday, high winds and frigid temperatures will make for a second difficult day. Blowing and drifting snow will cause poor travel conditions, low visibilities, and sub-zero wind chills. After being in the 50s Tuesday, highs will be in the teens Thursday.For the latest forecast, conditions & radar visit our Local Weather Center.

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