A pair of strong storm systems will impact the Finger Lakes this week with plenty of wind and precipitation.
Wind and Rain Monday Night and Tuesday
Clouds out ahead of the first weather system this week have already begun to stream into the Finger Lakes Monday morning. Temperatures are starting the week in the 30s and low 40s Monday morning as southerly winds start to take hold of the area.
Warm air will continue to be pumped north ahead of the storm system, resulting in high temperatures around or just above 60 degrees today.
Though a shower may be possible over the western parts of the Finger Lakes this morning, the majority of the daylight hours today should be dry.
Rain will move into the Finger Lakes this evening, with a steady rain falling for several hours before midnight. The wind will pick up as this rain moves in, with gusts over 30 mph this evening.
Precipitation will become more scattered by Tuesday morning, but there will still be plenty of showers around, especially Tuesday afternoon. A few thunderstorms may also develop Tuesday afternoon as a cold front moves through. Total precipitation amounts will be between a half and one inch.
Temperatures tonight will only back into the mid and upper 40s while highs Tuesday will again be near or above 60 degrees.
Strong winds will develop later Tuesday between Rochester and Buffalo with gusts of 50-60 mph possible.
Late Week Trouble
Wednesday will give the region a very brief break with dry weather, a little sun, and temperatures in the upper 50s. However, by late in the day, the next storm system will be approaching.
This system is sure to be a hype generator, so let’s get right to the details of what is and is not known at this time.
What is known is that a strong system will move from the Deep South north along the Appalachian Mountains. Another round of widespread precipitation and wind is likely.
The uncertainty in this system is whether it will redevelop along the coast and how much cold air it will have to work with if it does.
While still very uncertain and a less likely scenario, accumulating snow is on the table as a possibility. This is sure to create a lot of buzz and hype over the next few days, but please be very cautious with sensational headlines and snow amount forecasts days in advance. A mostly rain event is still the most likely scenario.
Precipitation will likely start Wednesday night and will persist through Thursday and Friday. Some precipitation may even linger into early Saturday. This time, the eastern Finger Lakes seem the most susceptible to strong winds.
The Good News
No matter what happens later this week, there is good news on the horizon.
Temperatures will start to rise over the weekend and will push well above normal next week. Temperatures should have at least a shot at pushing above 70 degrees early next week.
Temperatures should have at least a shot at pushing above 70 degrees early next week.
The temperature will likely return to more normal levels by the end of next week, with a higher chance of 50s.