Avoid travel through Wednesday morning in lake-effect snow bands, warns Finger Lakes Weather

November 17, 2014 by Rachel Cera

It's not over! This morning's snow, turning to rain, turing to sleet is just one of two storm systems meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather has been talking about, and the other one could make travel messy.

"A very intense and dangerous lake effect snow event will unfold downwind of the Great Lakes, starting tonight and lasting into Wednesday," the man behind Finger Lakes Weather said this morning. Though the National Weather Service forecast for Ithaca shows just a few flurries or snow showers between tonight and Wednesday, cold air behind this morning's storm system could generate lots of lake effect snow, mostly northeast of the Great Lakes.

Rochester and Watertown areas, east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, could see snowfall rates as much as three inches per hour, and as much as 1-2 feet of accumulation, according to Montreuil's forecast. Thunder and lightning are even likely in these areas, he says.

For Ithaca, after today, the weather forecast shows little chance of snow until Friday morning. Do watch the IthacaNet closings & cancellations list for word of any school or public service closings due to the weather, and check the forecasts for areas to our north and west before driving.


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