From frost to shorts, then back again

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Temperatures Wednesday will rise above normal just a day after widespread frost and freeze conditions, which could return this weekend.

Temperatures Wednesday will rise above normal just a day after widespread frost and freeze conditions, which could return this weekend.

Temperature Swings

You can always tell when the weather in the Finger Lakes is during one of the “transition seasons” of spring and autumn. During these times, the influences of summer and winter battle, leading to some big temperature swings.

Yesterday morning, the talk was about how cold it got with temperatures in the 20s in some areas with widespread frost occurring. Today, temperatures will shoot well above normal.

Some patches of clouds and a steady south wind kept temperatures 10-20 degrees warmer overnight, which should help get us off and running for a warm afternoon. Temperatures will break 70 degrees for much of the western and northern portions of the Finger Lakes, while upper 60s are widespread further south. Areas just east and southeast of the Finger Lakes may remain in the mid 60s.

These temperatures are 5-15 degrees above normal for mid October, with the normal high for most of the region right around 60 degrees.
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Cold Front Brings Rain

Those who like the warmth will be disappointed to hear that it will not last. The good news is that the cold front that will send temperatures back down will also bring some rain to the area on Thursday.

Showers are likely throughout the day on Thursday as the front slowly works from west to east across the Finger Lakes. The best chance for rain will likely be during the morning and midday hours.

Rain fall amounts will not be heavy from this front, but every bit will help with the continued, but ever so slightly improving drought. Most areas should expect between a quarter and a third of an inch of rain on Thursday.

Cold air will start to work back in Thursday afternoon as the front pulls away.

More Frost Threat

Another round of frosty weather may be in store for the colder areas of the region Friday and Saturday morning. Temperatures should drop well into the 30s, especially across the Southern Tier and Central New York.

The heart of the Finger Lakes region may miss out on a heavy frost, but some patchy areas of frost will be possible.

Saturday morning will likely be a few degrees cooler than Friday morning.

Unsurprisingly, temperatures will rebound quickly, with 70s possible again by Sunday.


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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.