Sun returns to Finger Lakes…but just for a day

High pressure will bring sunshine to the Finger Lakes on Friday, but clouds will rethicken tonight ahead of some weekend rain.
High pressure will bring sunshine to the Finger Lakes on Friday, but clouds will rethicken tonight ahead of some weekend rain.

Friday will be sunny but cool across the Finger Lakes, thanks to high pressure centered north of the Great Lakes.

This high pressure system is building into our region behind the cold front that moved through on Thursday. Cool air associated with the high pressure system has most of the Finger Lakes starting the day in the 30s. Temperatures should reach the upper 40s by this afternoon.

A few morning clouds will persist in the Finger Lakes, but they should gradually burn off through the day. By this afternoon, skies should turn mostly sunny, but only for a brief time.

Clouds will quickly increase from west to east this evening thanks to a fairly significant weather system over the Mid-west. This storm system is tracking northeast, so all of the precipitation over the Midwest will lift north into Canada.

Rain will not start to enter the Finger Lakes until later Saturday afternoon. Precipitation will start as a few scattered showers, but will become more widespread and heavier after sunset. Occasional rain will persist through Saturday night with a few showers lingering into early Sunday morning.

Areas further west will have a better chance at seeing rain Saturday afternoon, while areas further east will be more likely to see showers Sunday morning. In all, precipitation should be around or less than a half-inch.

Clouds will remain fairly thick throughout Sunday, even after the rain has departed. Sunshine should increase for Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures this weekend will be in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning will likely start out in the upper 30s, but Sunday morning temperatures will hover near or just below 50 degrees. Fairly typical late October temperatures will continue into next week, with no significant cold shots or warm ups expected.

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.