Rain showers in forecast as storms pass south, north of Finger Lakes

A large, moisture rich storm system over the Deep South will move towards the Mid-Atlantic today and tonight, spreading some showers into the Finger Lakes while the bulk of the rain misses to our south. A second system over Canada will pass to our north with little fanfare of its own.
A large, moisture rich storm system over the Deep South will move towards the Mid-Atlantic today and tonight, spreading some showers into the Finger Lakes while the bulk of the rain misses to our south. A second system over Canada will pass to our north with little fanfare of its own.

The small taste of spring will continue for the Finger Lakes, even as a storm system spreads some spotty precipitation into the area tonight.

Southerly winds on the backside of high pressure off the coast of New England will be enhanced by the approaching storm systems. In addition to the storm to our south, another area of low pressure will move across Canada at the same time. This second system will be moisture starved and too far north to directly impact the Finger Lakes.

The southerly winds in place today should counteract the lack of sunshine and boost temperatures above average and well into the 40s. As is often the case with a southerly wind, temperatures will be warmest today across the Ontario Lake Plain, while the higher elevations of the Southern Tier remain a bit cooler.

Some spotty rain showers could start to appear as soon as this afternoon, but the best chance for some rain will be overnight. Areas further south and east will see more rain than areas further north and west, but no one in central or western New York should see enough rain to cause flooding problems, with rain totals generally less than one-tenth of an inch.

Skies will gradually clear on Wednesday with high temperatures again pushing into the 40s, but probably not quite as warm as today.

The next weather system to watch will be late Friday into Saturday. There is still a lot of model variability with this system, but rain remains the most likely outcome.

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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 goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.