A bit unsettled in the Finger Lakes this weekend

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A frontal boundary will bring a few chances for rain this weekend, but also some nicer stretches of weather. [Photo by Judy Bristol]
While Friday will turn out to be a wonderful day, chances for rain will increase as the weekend progresses.

First, Some Nice Weather

The Finger Lakes will reside between systems on Friday, resulting in some very nice weather.

Skies are starting the day sunny and should remain partly cloudy for much of the time. Some clouds will start to work in later in the day, but skies should not turn completely overcast.

Temperatures will continue to be above normal, but behind last night’s cold front, they will not be as uncomfortable.

Look for high temperatures today to top out in the low 70s for most of the Finger Lakes.

A shot of rain will likely move through during the early morning hours on Saturday, but most of the rest of Saturday will be decent as well.

That rain will mostly be scattered showers before 8 am, followed by clouds and some breaks of sun, especially early in the afternoon. Temperatures will again be comfortable, with highs in the upper 60s.

Turning More Unsettled

A frontal boundary will approach the region from the south on Sunday.

This front will push some showers into the area as soon as Saturday evening, but the chances for rain will continue well into Sunday.

It seems plausible to think that there will be two main batches of rain: one Saturday night and another Sunday afternoon. Scattered showers will be possible outside of these more widespread areas of rain.

Some rumbles of thunder will also be possible throughout this time.

Temperatures will be strongly influenced by the frontal boundary. South of the boundary, temperatures will rise into the 60s and 70s. To the north, 40s and 50s will be widespread.

By Sunday afternoon, the front may bisect the Finger Lakes region, with the Southern Tier into the warm air while places near Lake Ontario, such as Rochester, remain in the 40s.

Hot and Stormy Monday

The front will push all the way through the area Sunday night, placing the Finger Lakes squarely in the warm sector of a strong storm system lifting north through the Great Lakes.

This should result in another very warm day on Monday. Temperatures could duplicate what they were on Thursday, with upper 70s and low to mid 80s.

In the evening, another cold front will approach the area. Showers and thunderstorms will be likely along the front.

Based on current timing projections, the best chances for storms will again be over western portions of the region. It is too early to say whether storms will persist into the night across the Finger Lakes or how strong they may be. Stay tuned.

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.