Rain Chances Slowly Increase
Rain will return to the Finger Lakes, but it will be slow to do so over the next couple of days.
A few scattered showers are about the eastern Finger Lakes early Thursday morning, but the vast majority of the region is dry.
This will be the case throughout the day today as high pressure moves further off the coast of New England and a broad, but disorganized area of unsettled weather drifts northeast from the Mississippi Valley.
South winds will move warm air and moisture north, resulting in a few more scattered showers throughout the day. At any given time, most areas will not see any rain, and a fair amount of the region may make it through the entire day without any showers.
One or two of the showers may have some thunder this afternoon, but storms should not be widespread or severe.
Temperatures will warm into the low 80s across the northern Finger Lakes with upper 70s across the Southern Tier. The increase in humidity will be noticable, but it will not be too oppressive.
The chance for an isolated shower will persist into the overnight period.
Thunderstorms Friday and early Saturday
There will be a much better chance for rain on Friday and early Saturday as a couple of disturbances and fronts slide through the region.
A stray shower may be possible Friday morning, but some sun should help temperatures warm well into the 80s by the early afternoon.
With plenty of moisture and an incoming front, showers and thunderstorms will likely develop quickly during the mid afternoon.
There will be a low chance for some severe thunderstorms, with gusty wind and hail the main threats.
The thunderstorms should be progressive enough that flash flooding will not be a major concern, even for areas hit hard by flooding last weekend.
The showers and storms should depart the area during the early evening hours, but another round of rain and thunder will be possible during the late morning and midday hours on Saturday. An isolated storm between these two times will also be possible.
Weekend Turns Nice
After the storms early Saturday, the weather will take a nice turn for the remainder of the weekend.
Skies should become sunny Saturday afternoon. It will be a bit breezy and cool with highs only in the low 70s.
Sunday looks quite nice though, with comfortable highs in the mid to perhaps upper 70s. Winds will be lighter and the sun should shine throughout the day.
No precipitation is expected on Sunday.