Sun increases across Finger Lakes for Memorial Day Afternoon

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Planning your afternoon Memorial Day celebration? Don’t be discouraged by the rain and clouds this morning.

Morning clouds and rain will move out of the Finger Lakes leaving sunny skies for the afternoon with just an isolated shower possible.

Memorial Day Dries Out

Memorial Day has gotten off to a soggy start across the Finger Lakes as a disturbance in the atmosphere pushes through.

A large band of widespread rain tracked across the Finger Lakes during the predawn hours. Another, smaller, band of precipitation will swing through during the mid-morning.

Behind that second area of rain, skies are turning sunny across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. That sunshine should work into the Finger Lakes during the midday and early afternoon hours.

There may still be one or two widely scattered showers that pop up during the late afternoon hours, but the vast majority of the Finger Lakes will remain dry after this morning’s rain.

Temperatures will be mild today, with highs topping out in the mid 70s. The wind will be a bit breezy, with a few gusts to 30 mph possible.

The weather this evening should be completely dry. Temperatures will slide back through the 60s with lows Tuesday morning in the upper 50s.

More Storms Tuesday & Wednesday

The same storm system that is responsible for this morning’s rain will send a couple more impulses of energy at us on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The timing of these impulses during the peak heating of the afternoon combined with ample wind energy above the surface will help thunderstorms develop and organize into a few stronger clusters.

At this point, the severe threat on Tuesday looks a bit more robust than Wednesday, but neither day looks to be a significant, widespread event. Wednesday’s evolution is a bit less certain, simply because it is still further away.

On Tuesday, storms should start to fire across the Finger Lakes during the early afternoon hours. The storms will likely be scattered, so not everyone will see a thunderstorm. A few of the storms could put down some small hail and have some briefly strong winds capable of some isolated tree damage.

Wednesday’s storms may be a bit later in the afternoon, but should again be scattered with a small hail and gusty wind threat.

High temperatures both days will be around 70 degrees.

The weather will dry out briefly on Thursday before a steady rain moves in Friday morning.

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.