A couple quiet days before next weather systems arrive

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High pressure will keep the Finger Lakes quiet for Monday and Tuesday. More active weather is likely for the end of the week. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]
Skies will become increasingly sunny Monday and Tuesday, but the second half of the week looks stormy and wet.

High Pressure Builds In

A cold front moved through the Finger Lakes last night. Rain and thunderstorms out ahead of the front caused some wind damage in parts of Tompkins and Cortland county, but the actual front did not move through until the overnight hours.

Behind the front, temperatures will be more seasonable for a couple of days with highs Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ranging from the mid 50s to around 60 degrees.

Clouds Monday morning will gradually burn off and give way to at least partial sunshine for the midday and afternoon hours. Skies will then become mostly clear this evening, followed by bright sunshine throughout Tuesday.

Winds Monday afternoon may be a bit breezy but should calm down for Tuesday. With the calm winds and clear skies, Tuesday morning will be chilly, with morning lows in the 30s.

Stormy Late Week

There will be a pair of weather systems that will impact the Finger Lakes later this week.

First, a weakening area of low pressure will move in on Wednesday. Rain showers will move in for the morning and afternoon hours before tapering off by the evening.

Most of the rain Wednesday will be scattered, but there is a chance for a period of steadier rain during the afternoon, especially for areas further south and west.

The low is expected to track just north of the Finger Lakes, which, as usual, means some gusty winds as well.

A stronger system is expected to make its way towards the region on Thursday. There is still a lot of uncertainty with this system, as current projections bring the storm track directly over the area.

Just south of the storm track, temperatures will likely soar into the 70s or even 80s. In this air mass, and along the cold front that will separate it from cooler air to the north, the atmosphere could become a bit unstable. This would lead to the possibility of some thunderstorms.

With the low in such close proximity to the unstable air, the potential for some stronger storms will have to be watched. Stay tuned.

This system will depart on Friday with a few more showers and temperatures falling back towards more normal levels.

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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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