Written by John DiPasquale:
The last day of 2012 will be quiet, but it does appear we will see a bit of snow move through tonight with cold front followed by limited lake snows, mainly Thruway northbound. I believe we all will receive a coating to an inch or so tonight, which could make it a little slick in spots late tonight when the snow moves through. In the wake of the front very late tonight into New Year's Day we will see some limited lake snows that may be aided by Lake Huron &/Georgian Bay. Either way, I don't anticipate this being a real big lake snow event, but ridge from the south & west will build in & should the lake snow off during the afternoon. About 1 to 4" of lake fluff could pile up in the most persistent snows mainly north of the Thruway, possibly including the Greater Rochester area on Tuesday.
The next front will then approach late Tuesday night into Wednesday and attempt to push some more lake snow in later Wednesday into early Wednesday night. At this point, not so sure that lake snow will make it into Rochester, but across parts of Wayne County to near Syracuse looks to be a good bet for at least a bit of accumulating lake snow during this time frame. Stay tuned for more updates as new data streams in.
Also, the shot of Arctic cold appears to be a brushing & short lived for week's end. A more seasonable air mass appears to be slated to work in for the weekend as it stands now. No big general snows in the near future either. We'll see about next week...
Have a great day & Happy New Year's everyone!! Be safe & enjoy!