Steady rain persists into Friday evening

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A soaking rain will persist throughout the daytime hours Friday.

Steady rain will fall throughout Friday and into Friday night before finally tapering off.

Soaking Rain

An area of low pressure over the Ohio Valley will slowly track northeast today. A large area of rain is spread to the east and north of this low.

With the low expected to pass across Pennsylvania, the Finger Lakes will likely be locked in the precipitation for all of the daytime hours Friday, as well as much as the evening.

Temperatures this morning are in the mid and upper 30s and will only rise a little during the course of the day. Temperatures above the surface are also above freezing and trending warmer, so there is no concern for mixed precipitation in our region. Further east, towards the I-88 corridor, some ice will be possible.

Total rain amounts today and tonight should range between 1-1.5 inches. Flooding is not expected, though some ponding in poor drainage areas will be possible. Just southeast of the Finger Lakes, flood watches are in effect for some minor river flooding.

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Raw Saturday

April will get off to a cool, raw start on Saturday. While the storm system itself will be pulling away, there will still be plenty of low-level moisture hanging around.

As the storm system pulls away Friday night, some of the precipitation may turn to a little snow. A coating of snow may be possible for some areas by dawn Saturday, especially across higher elevations and areas further east.

Low clouds will stick around for much of the day on Saturday. Some drizzle or flurries will be possible, especially during the morning, but likely continuing into the afternoon as well. This will especially be the case for areas east of Seneca Lake.

Temperatures Saturday will generally be stuck in the upper 30s. There will be a bit of a breeze, but the wind will not be overly strong.

Warming Quickly, But Only Slightly

Skies will start to clear out Saturday night and Sunday should have a good deal of sunshine.

Combined with warming temperatures aloft and some gusty winds, temperatures at the surface Sunday should be able to reach the low 50s.

Looking ahead to next week, temperatures are generally looking to remain seasonable. Most days should have high temperatures somewhere between the mid 40s and mid 50s.

There are no big warm ups looming, but neither area there any significant cold snaps.

This general trend of near normal temperatures should continue through most of April and possibly into May.

That isn’t such terrible news. By May 1st, the average high in Ithaca is 62 degrees.



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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.

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