Departing low leads to areas of frost

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Much of Saturday will be cloudy, but skies will clear leading to areas of frost early Sunday.

Clouds, Showers Linger Saturday

The weekend is off to a raw, damp start as low pressure slowly tracks away from the Finger Lakes Saturday morning.

Clouds are thick across the region and some areas of showers wrapping around the back of the low are in the vicinity.

These showers should gradually dissipate and move east this morning, but the cloud cover will be more stubborn and should persist well into the afternoon.

Along with the clouds, the wind will be breezy from the northwest. Gusts of 25-30 mph are likely across the Finger Lakes, with a few gusts to 35 mph across the Southern Tier.

With the clouds and fresh northwest wind, temperatures will struggle mightily today. Look for afternoon highs only in the mid 50s for most areas.

Late in the afternoon, dry air will start to work in as high pressure begins to take control. The day should end sunny as skies clear and winds turn calm this evening.

Frosty Start (for some) to a Nice Sunday

The clear skies, calm winds, and arrival of a cold, Canadian high pressure system will send temperatures plummeting Saturday night.

For most of the region, temperatures by Sunday morning will be as cold as they have been since the spring, some 50-55 degrees colder than the 90 degree heat earlier in the week.

Weather Alerts

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Morning lows Sunday will range from the low 40s in the central and northern Finger Lakes to the mid or even low 30s across the Southern Tier.

Frost and freeze alerts have been issued for the southern counties of the Finger Lakes, including Tompkins and Schuyler counties.

Not all locations in these areas will see frost, but precautions should be taken to protect sensitive plants nonetheless.

Once the sun is up Sunday, temperatures will warm nicely under clear skies and light winds.

High temperatures Sunday should be just a touch below or right on normal in the low to mid 60s.

Next Week Preview

High pressure will remain in control of the weather over the Finger Lakes well into next week.

This will result in more sunny, dry weather as temperatures warm back above normal.

Temperatures will not get nearly as hot as last week, but highs Monday and Tuesday will reach the 70s and a couple of low 80s will be possible on Wednesday.

A cold front will likely come through Wednesday night or Thursday, sending temperatures back towards more seasonable levels for the end of the week.

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.