Coldest air in months arrives this weekend

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A cold front Friday will bring in the coolest air the Finger Lakes has seen in three months.

A cold front Friday will bring in the coolest air the Finger Lakes has seen in three months.

Autumn Chill

The first substantial taste of fall will arrive this weekend in the Finger Lakes after a cold front moves through on Friday.

Above normal temperatures will persist Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the front. As the front crosses the area on Friday, a couple of scattered showers will be possible, but no widespread rain is expected.

A cold, Canadian high pressure system will build in behind the front for the weekend. This front will deliver a shot of cool air like we have not seen in a few months.

High temperatures Saturday, Sunday and Monday will remain locked in the low to mid 60s. Morning lows, especially Sunday morning, will drop into the low 40s and 30s. At this time, we probably do not have to worry about frost.

The last time it was this chilly was June 14th. Ithaca, for example, recorded a high of 62 degrees and a low of 39.

Even though it will be chilly, it will be sunny with no precipitation expected this weekend.

Temperatures will moderate back towards or even a little above normal later next week, but the chances for more 80 degree weather will decrease daily.

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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.

5 Responses

  1. Tim Springston

    So you don’t expect frost even in the southern tier frost pocket valleys? I usually expect frost on radiant cooling nights when they are calling for 40 or less in Elmira.

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      At this point I think it will be close but not quite. It is still a ways out though, so keep checking. Monday morning will be the coldest.

      • Tim Springston

        What is your thinking now? The NOAA short term forecast discussion is saying patchy frost for Twin Tiers valleys Sat-Sun

        • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

          Cold air may be a touch quicker so yeah, some patchy frost may come in tomorrow night.

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    Hoping to hear your best (and alternative) guesses for the winter. Still absolutely afraid of the bitter cold we had for two winters (13/14 and 14/15). Just brutal!