More rain, thunder for FLX Thursday evening

Rain showers approaching the Finger Lakes from Ohio Thursday morning should dry up before reaching the area, but rain and thunder are likely this evening.
Rain showers approaching the Finger Lakes from Ohio Thursday morning should dry up before reaching the area, but rain and thunder are likely this evening.

A very active weather pattern continues across much of the eastern half of the nation as a strong warm and cold air-masses collide.A sharp temperature gradient remains in place across the lower Great Lakes, with temperatures this morning changing quickly between the 30s and 60s across northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The Finger Lakes remains on the cool side of the front. However, some warmer air will seep into the region from the west this afternoon, resulting in temperatures in the 50s for most of the region. The northwestern reaches of the Finger Lakes may reach the 60s, while far western New York pushes into the upper 60s.

Most of the day will end up dry, albeit it fairly cloudy. An area of showers stretching from Michigan to West Virginia this morning will dry up before reaching the Finger Lakes. Further west, showers and some thunder mostly over Illinois will track east and strengthen through the day. By tonight, this activity will arrive in the Finger Lakes with some locally heavy rain and thunder.

A major outbreak of severe weather is possible across the Midwest today, especially from Illinois and Indiana south into Arkansas. Thankfully, severe weather is not expected in the Finger Lakes today, tonight, or on Friday as low pressure sends a cold front through the region. Some additional showers are likely with that cold front, however.

The weekend is looking very nice, especially on Sunday, when temperatures will rise into the 60s with bright, sunny skies.

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.