High pressure keeps rain away from Finger Lakes

A large area of unsettled weather on the doorstep of the Finger Lakes will be kept away by high pressure.
A large area of unsettled weather on the doorstep of the Finger Lakes will be kept away by high pressure.

A large area of unsettled weather on the doorstep of the Finger Lakes will be kept away by high pressure.

Clouds and rain cover a good portion of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Ohio & Mississippi Valleys, but high pressure over the Finger Lakes will keep the messy weather away from our region.

Instead of more cloudy, dreary weather, Tuesday is dawning bright and sunny across the Finger Lakes. Temperatures are rather chilly as a result of the clear skies, but the sun will help temperatures to quickly rise through the 40s and 50s this morning.

I do expect some clouds to work their way north into the Finger Lakes for a time today. Most likely, this will be later this morning into the early or mid afternoon, but the sun should return by the late afternoon and evening hours.

Temperatures will be a bit warmer than yesterday, with most places getting just above 60 degrees.

High pressure will hold tight overnight and into Wednesday, with clear skies overnight and more sun than clouds on Wednesday. Temperatures tonight will be a bit warmer, with lows mostly in the upper 30s. Afternoon highs on Wednesday will make a run at 70 degrees for most areas.

The clouds will push back into the Finger Lakes Thursday at some point. If the sun stays out long enough, some areas could shoot into the mid and upper 70s for high temperatures. If the clouds work in sooner, highs will probably settle more in the low 70s or upper 60s. Other than a stray shower in the western Finger Lakes late in the afternoon, no rain is expected on Thursday.

A cold front dropping southeast from Canada will finally kick the high pressure out of our area for Friday. Rain is likely during the day, possibly accompanied by a few thunderstorms. While timing is uncertain, it is looking more like most of the rain will be in the morning and midday hours, with a drier evening.

Temperatures will be in flux on Friday, with highs early in the 60s. Cooler weather is expected for the weekend (again!) with highs in the 50s (again!). Some rain may be possible, but is uncertain at this point. Cooler weather may last into early next week before climbing back towards or above average for the second half of May.

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.