Rainy, windy Wednesday morning

Widespread moderate rain and strong winds will persist through the morning hours before letting up for the afternoon.
Widespread moderate rain and strong winds will persist through the morning hours before letting up for the afternoon.

Widespread moderate rain and strong winds will persist through the morning hours before letting up for the afternoon.

A strong storm system is passing to our north this morning. Widespread moderate to heavy rain has moved into the Finger Lakes, along with some strong winds.

Peak wind gusts may be over 40 mph this morning, especially over the higher elevations. Most of the Finger Lakes is under a Wind Advisory for this reason.

The rain should taper to showers from west to east by the early afternoon. Much of the afternoon will probably end up dry and a glimpse of the sun may even be possible.

During this time, temperatures will top out in the upper 40s to low 50s.

A small band of rain will move through late in the afternoon or during the evening along the cold front. Temperatures will slowly fall tonight into the mid 30s for Thursday morning.

Thursday’s daytime temperatures will only rise a degree or two as cooler air continues to work in, counteracting the normal daytime heating cycle.

A few scattered rain or snow showers will be possible through Wednesday night and Thursday, but most of the time it will remain dry. Some limited lake effect snow may develop southeast of Lake Ontario Thursday night into early Friday. Only minor accumulations of an inch or less should be expected, with most areas seeing no new snow.

Any lake effect will dissipate quickly on Friday, leaving a dry day with temperatures in the 30s. Southerly winds will boost temperatures to near 40 degrees on Saturday, with more dry but cloudy conditions. A few snow showers early Sunday will accompany a cold front that will send temperatures into the 20s by Sunday afternoon.

The weather looks quiet for Super Bowl Sunday evening, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 20s, but no precipitation. This is a big improvement over last year’s Super Bowl weather.

Looking into next week, a storm system that is little more than speculation at this point will bear watching for the middle of the week. Temperatures will generally be near or just slightly above normal.

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.