Unsettled this weekend in the Finger Lakes

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A stalled front will keep the Finger Lakes unsettled this weekend. [Photo by Mike Competillo]
Precipitation will be likely as temperatures bounce up and down this weekend thanks to a stalled out frontal boundary.

Friday Ice and Rain Update

Temperatures early this morning are already at or above freezing for most of the Finger Lakes. Precipitation is moving across the region but is almost entirely rain as a result.

There are a few isolated areas, mainly in deeper valleys, that may still be just below freezing. A little patchy ice may be possible in those areas. Otherwise, travel will be wet this morning, but should not be overly hazardous.

Rain will continue through much of the morning as a front moves into the region.

By this afternoon, the rain will taper off to a shower or two. Warm air behind the front will surge into the Finger Lakes from the southwest.

High temperatures will make it into the 50s for the western two-thirds of the region, roughly from Cayuga Lake, west. Some areas could even make a push at 60 degrees if some sun can break out. The eastern Finger Lakes will likely see highs near or just shy of 50 degrees.

The front will start to sink back south tonight and rain showers will increase once again.

Back and Forth Weekend

This frontal boundary will continue to bounce back and forth across the region through the weekend. As it does, the region will remain unsettled and on a roller coaster ride of temperatures.

Periods of showers are likely throughout Saturday as the front sits directly overhead.

Temperatures will not be nearly as warm as on Friday, with highs generally in the mid and upper 30s. This should be warm enough to keep the precipitation as all rain.

By Sunday, the front will lift back to the north again. Showers will be more scattered and a few breaks of sun may work out.

Like today, temperatures will rise into the 50s across the western Finger Lakes with upper 40s further east.

Next Week Preview

The stalled front will finally get kicked out of the Finger Lakes on Monday as an area of low pressure sweeps through.

This will bring another round of rain, especially during the morning hours.

Yet another system will move in for Tuesday with another batch of rain.

Neither of these systems will have any cold air whatsoever, with highs pushing 60 on Monday and possibly rising well into the 60s on Tuesday.

Total rain between today and Tuesday evening should average around an inch and a half for most of the Finger Lakes, with some areas seeing only an inch while others get as much as two inches.

High pressure will build in for Wednesday and Thursday, keeping the region dry and sunny. Temperatures will be near to just a touch above normal with upper 40s and low 50s.

Temperatures will likely remain in that neighborhood into next weekend as a new system spreads some rain showers into the area.

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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.

3 Responses

  1. Nathan Zimmerman

    so with the recent snows and the current spate of rain, what is the status of the drought?

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      The drought maps show the area almost completely free of drought, or even a little wetter than normal. I am still hearing of people having some problems with wells, though. Generally though, it is over.

  2. Jane

    Ice on trees up Yellow Barn Road in Dryden now…icy rain started around 8am…I know it will get warmer but glad to have stayed home this am…