Some showers and storms Friday before nicer weekend weather

finger lakes weather forecast rain thunderstorms friday august 18 2017
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday across the Finger Lakes as low pressure slides by. [Photo by Alyssa Johnson]

Humid with Showers Friday

An area of low pressure situated over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will keep the Finger Lakes muggy and a bit showery Friday.

A warm front moved through during the overnight hours with a round of rain. Behind this front, showers are scattered about the region this morning.

Outside of the showers, skies are rather cloudy. Temperatures are warm, with most areas starting the day in the 70s with plenty of humidity.

Temperatures will push into the mid 80s today, but less humid air will start to move in from the west.

Scattered showers will be possible from time to time, and a band of heavier showers and thunderstorms may even develop during the afternoon. This development is a bit uncertain but would be most likely across the eastern Finger Lakes after 4 pm.

All in all, today should not be a washout, but some on and off rain is expected.

Scattered showers will continue into the overnight hours.

Improving Weekend Weather

Low pressure will still be trying to influence our weather on Saturday, even as an area of high pressure starts to move in.

There will be a chance for some scattered showers on Saturday, especially in the morning hours.

A few afternoon showers or light thunderstorms could also be possible as a subtle disturbance passes through and interacts with temperatures pushing towards the low 80s.

Outside of those showers though, Saturday morning may be fairly cloudy, but the afternoon should see increasing amounts of sun.

Skies will clear Saturday night, leading into a sunny, dry Sunday. Temperatures Sunday will be around 80 degrees.

Some morning fog may be possible early Sunday and again early Monday.

Solar Eclipse Weather Forecast

High pressure will still be in firm control of our weather for Monday. The weather will be great for viewing the eclipse as a result.

The eclipse will occur during the early and mid afternoon hours and will cover roughly 70% of the sun in the Finger Lakes.

Some fair weather clouds are likely, but there should be plenty of clear sky between clouds.

Temperatures on Monday will quickly rise in the morning and will be well into the 80s by the time the eclipse starts. With 70% of the sunlight blocked, temperatures should drop at least a little bit during the eclipse, but should then rise again as the eclipse ends.

Look for highs to be somewhere in the mid or upper 80s

Hot, dry weather should persist into at least most of Tuesday, but the forecast confidence decreases significantly by Tuesday afternoon as an area of low pressure moves into the Great Lakes.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Bob

    A wind forecast for the Finger Lakes would be nice, the “other” weather websites are rarely accurate. For example, right now , 7:00 pm Friday it says WSW winds 7 mph, but on the East side of Seneca Lake in Varick it is currently WNW at about 10mph.

  2. John

    How we would love a washout -still dry here