Rain showers move into the Finger Lakes Friday into early Saturday

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Rain showers will move into the Finger Lakes Friday and will persist into Saturday morning. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Incoming Rain Showers

An area of low pressure will bring rain to the Finger Lakes on Friday and into the first part of Saturday as it passes overhead.

A band of rain and even a couple of lightning strikes is crossing Lake Erie at 9:30 am and will push into western New York this morning. By the midday hours, this band of rain and thunder will be moving into the western Finger Lakes.

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Rain will move into the Finger Lakes on Friday. Stay updated with the latest interactive local radar for the Finger Lakes.

Ahead of this rain, a period of sunshine is underway across the western Finger Lakes while an area of cloudiness lingers over the eastern Finger Lakes.

Rain showers will continue off and on during the afternoon, occasionally accompanied by some thunder.

There may be a lull in the activity this evening before the low itself drops southeast across the Finger Lakes. More showers are likely overnight and into Saturday morning.

The showers Saturday morning may be accompanied by areas of drizzle and fog, especially over higher elevations.

Rain showers will taper off by midday Saturday and the clouds will gradually lessen during the afternoon.

Rain amounts should generally be light, on the order of a quarter-inch or less, but a few areas that see thunder this afternoon could pick up a half-inch or more.

Temperatures Remain Cool, Bottom Out Sunday Morning

Temperatures across the Finger Lakes will remain below normal through the weekend.

After a cool start to the morning Friday, temperatures are warming into the 50s across the western Finger Lakes, but are lagging further east where clouds remain.

The temperature should be able to reach the low 60s before the rain arrives this afternoon, but it may be hard to get much warmer than that.

Overnight temperatures Friday will remain comfortable, with most areas sticking around 50 degrees thanks to the clouds and showers.

There will not be much upward movement in the temperature on Saturday though, with highs only in the mid to upper 50s.

Skies will clear Saturday night, leading to a very cold Sunday morning. Low temperatures in the heart of the Finger Lakes, around Cayuga and Seneca Lake, will dip into the low and mid 40s. Away from the lakes, upper 30s will be possible while some of the deeper valleys of the Southern Tier may have a frost risk with lows in the mid 30s.

This should be the coldest temperatures we see in the Finger Lakes for a while, as temperatures will moderate after that.

Highs on Sunday will reach the 60s with sunny skies, and while Monday morning will be cold again, it should not be as cold as Sunday morning.

Highs will return to the 70s next week with another stretch of dry, sunny weather.

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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.