Arctic blast overtakes the region, temps will struggle to break low-teens

The strong winds that were impacting the region on Sunday have passed. The snowfall from this past weekend is over. But, the frigid cold temperatures have only just begun. Even the lesser breeze that people will experience today will make it feel 10 or 20 degrees colder than air temps.

The strong winds on Monday helped usher in some of the coldest air the region has felt in a couple winter seasons. High temperatures this week will struggle to get into the upper-teens. Nighttime low temperatures will hover at, or just above zero. Wind chills will sink low throughout the week, as even the slightest breeze will bring up the wind chill readings.

FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil put a little more context behind the cold weather in his update on Tuesday morning.

“An arctic high pressure system has moved into the Midwest and will only slowly move east over the next couple of days.

A steady stream of cold air will rotate clockwise around this high pressure system into the Finger Lakes.

Many areas are starting Tuesday in the low teens and single digits. Temperatures will only rise to the mid and upper teens for highs this afternoon.

Winds will continue to gust between 30-40 mph, keeping wind chills in the -5 to + 5 range.

Most areas will drop into the single digits tonight with a few of the colder outlying areas slipping below zero. With winds continuing to gust to 25 mph, wind chill values will drop well below zero.”

Montreuil continued, pointing out that temperatures won’t be the only challenge featured in the Finger Lakes as this frigid air overtakes.

“Wind chills Wednesday will stay near or below zero throughout the day with gusts of 25-30 mph and daytime highs struggling to reach the low teens.

Lake effect clouds Wednesday night into Thursday will keep temperatures above zero, but out subzero morning lows are likely outside of the lake effect.

Daytime highs Thursday will be frigid, with most areas failing to even reach 10 degrees. Winds will continue to gust to or over 30 mph, especially over the eastern Finger Lakes, keeping wind chills well below zero.

Wind Chill Advisories are in place for Tompkins, Cortland, Southern Cayuga, and Onondaga counties from Tuesday night through Thursday for windchills as low as -25. Frostbite is possible in under 30 minutes with wind chills that cold.”

There will also be snowfall to contend with for some. Continue reading from FLXWeather.com and understand where the lake effect snows will impact the region the most.

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Extended Forecast


Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -5. West wind 16 to 18 mph.


A chance of snow showers, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 15. West wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


Scattered snow showers before noon, then scattered flurries after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 13. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 19. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

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