Finger Lakes generally above freezing Wednesday Night

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Skies will clear this afternoon, leading to sunny skies but a cold overnight.

Temperatures across the Finger Lakes will mostly drop into the mid 30s tonight after skies clear this afternoon.

Skies Clear Briefly

Clouds and a few showers remain in place across the Finger Lakes this morning as a final impulse of atmospheric energy pushes into the region.

These showers will not amount to much and should depart by the late morning hours.

By early afternoon, skies should quickly clear and the Finger Lakes will enjoy a few hours of sunshine before the day ends. Enjoy this sunshine, as sunny skies will be a rare occurrence over the coming 7 to 10 days.

Temperatures will reach the low and mid 50s this afternoon with a gusty wind persisting. The wind will die off this evening, leaving calm winds to go with the clear skies.

This is a perfect recipe for cold temperatures, with temperatures quickly tumbling through the 40s and into the 30s tonight.

The area will likely be spared from a widespread frost as new cloud cover begins to work in overnight, slowing the free falling temperature. Still, a few patchy areas of frost are possible, especially in the typically colder valleys of the Southern Tier and Western and Central New York.

Next Storm Arrives Thursday

Another strong, slow moving storm system will push into the region on Thursday and will likely continue to impact the Finger Lakes through the weekend.

Rain will start to arrive Thursday afternoon from the southwest and will become widespread overnight and into early Friday. The heaviest rain amounts through Friday morning will be over western New York.

By Friday afternoon, the center of this low pressure will begin working its way directly over the Finger Lakes as it moves north. A few bands of heavier rain are likely, but where exactly they set up is uncertain at this point.

East of the track of the low, very strong winds will develop with wind gusts of 40-50 mph possible across the eastern Finger Lakes and Central New York.

The low will park itself north of Lake Ontario on Saturday, keeping rain in the forecast. Cold air will start to flood in from the west, with highs possibly only reaching the 40s for some parts of the area.

Sunday will be cold and damp with rain showers and a few snowflakes mixing in. Highs will range through the 40s, but some areas may even struggle to get that warm.

It is possible that skies will clear Sunday night as the core of the cold settles in. This would be a serious situation for agriculture with the possibility for widespread frost and freeze conditions. This will be something to monitor closely over the coming days.

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.

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