Sometimes sunny, sometimes not

Areas of clouds (white, blue and yellow)  alternate with clear areas (darker greys) on this infrared satellite image. Click to image to enlarge.
Areas of clouds (white, blue and yellow) alternate with clear areas (darker greys) on this infrared satellite image. Click to image to enlarge.

A number of different weather factors will impact the Finger Lakes over the next couple of days. In between these systems there should be some breaks of sun, however. Timing exactly when and where the clouds will be is an uncertainty, but the only precipitation that we will have to worry about is Saturday afternoon.

Low pressure remains situated off the New England coast this morning. The eastern part of the Finger Lakes never escaped the clouds yesterday and remain locked in the clouds again this early morning. However, skies are much less cloudy just a bit further west. At 7am, Penn Yan, Dansville and Wellsville all reported clear skies, while Ithaca, Elmira and Binghamton were cloudy.

As the day progresses, this cut off between sun and clouds should track east, but more cloud will be approaching from the west. Though there is high pressure at the surface, aloft a disturbance is moving through the Ohio Valley and upper Great Lakes. There is little to no precipitation with this, but the clouds will thicken up again. Some of these should work in by this afternoon.

Another break in the clouds may work in for Saturday morning before another system swings through in the afternoon with more clouds and showers.

Expect temperatures well into the 50s today with some low 60s for Saturday before the clouds and rain return. Winds will still be a bit gusty, but not quite as strong as yesterday.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.) When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making soap, or playing with his two young boys.