Rain tapers early, leaves cold temperatures in its wake

Temperatures will drop to around 40 degrees this afternoon as rain pushes east.
Temperatures will drop to around 40 degrees this afternoon as rain pushes east.

Temperatures will drop to around 40 degrees this afternoon as rain pushes east.

Rain this morning has been associated with a disturbance moving along the stalled out front that extends across the southern Great Lakes and into the Mid-Atlantic region. Enough warm air snuck into parts of the southern and eastern Finger Lakes for a few rumbles of thunder around daybreak, but the chances for thunder have now diminished.

Rain showers will taper off this morning as the disturbance pushes east. Most of the rain should be exiting the Finger Lakes by 9am, but a few showers may linger into the midday hours. The afternoon should turn out mostly dry, but skies will remain cloudy. Any clearing will be limited to near Lake Ontario very late in the day.

Temperatures will not rise today. As the disturbance passes by, at best temperatures will remain steady. Many areas will likely see a drop of at least a few degrees. By this afternoon, much of the region will be hovering around 40 degrees, which is about 20 degrees below normal for late April. The wind will be a bit breezy, making it feel even colder.

Skies will gradually clear this evening and temperatures will drop back to the upper 20s and low 30s. Be sure to protect any sensitive vegetation from the cold.

Wednesday will turn out sunny throughout the day, with just a couple thin clouds possible later in the day. Temperatures will be warmer, but still well below normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Similar temperatures are expected on Thursday under mostly cloudy, but dry skies.

The sun will return in full force on Friday, with a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday and more clouds than sun by Sunday. Temperatures will finally scrape back to near normal, with upper 50s Friday and low 60s possible both days this weekend.

After this morning’s rain pushes east, it may be a solid 7 days before we see rain again. The next chance for precipitation may not come until late next Monday.

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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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.