Tuesday will be rainy in the Finger Lakes with steadier rain this morning and showers throughout the day.
Rain Evolution Tuesday
A widespread area of steady rain is moving across the Finger Lakes early this morning as a warm front remains draped over the region.
Along the back edge of this rain is an area of heavier rain. The downpours may last for an hour or so before the back edge of the steady rain moves through during the mid and late morning hours.
Behind the steady rain, scattered showers are in place and will persist through much of the day for the Finger Lakes. Most areas will see on and off precipitation this afternoon before precipitation becomes a bit more widespread again this evening.
During the later evening hours, a front will move through the Finger Lakes. Along this front, a narrow band of heavy rain will likely develop. A rumble of thunder could accompany this as it moves quickly through.
More light showers are likely behind the front, which should linger into the predawn hours on Wednesday. Most of the precipitation should be over by the morning commute, however.
Total rain amounts by Wednesday morning should be between 0.75″ – 1″ for most of the Finger Lakes. A few isolated locations could see even more, but flooding is not expected to be an issue.
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Wind and Temperature Trends
As the parent storm system responsible for the rain lifts further into Canada, the weather over the Finger Lakes will undergo some changes.
Temperatures will remain mild through Tuesday, once again rising to near or just above 50 degrees. Temperatures will remain or rise into the low 50s this evening out ahead of the front, but will quickly drop back into the upper 30s and low 40s as the front passes through. It may even be cold enough, quick enough, for a few of the last rain showers to mix with a little snow, but no accumulations are expected.
After starting the day in the 30s, Wednesday’s temperatures will rise through the 40s during the morning. A few locations over the eastern Finger Lakes could sneak into the low 50s again, but a second cold front will move through around midday Wednesday with a few more showers. Temperatures will fall back into the 40s Wednesday afternoon behind the front.
The wind will pick up significantly on Wednesday as well, especially behind the front. Top wind gusts over western New York and the western Finger Lakes could be near 50 mph, with 40-45 mph wind gusts further east. The winds will taper down some Wednesday evening before gusting to 40 mph on Thursday as well.
Temperatures will start a significant turn colder as the week draws to a close, with highs Thursday in the 30s, temperatures sticking near 30 degrees on Friday, but only near 20 degrees for Saturday.
The potential for lake snows will continue to be watched, especially for the favored areas south and west of Syracuse towards the weekend.