Clouds break Thursday in the Finger Lakes, but some showers return Friday

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After starting cloudy, skies should become sunnier over the course of the day. Clouds will return for Friday, though. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Thursday Gets Sunnier

A front pushed through the Finger Lakes Wednesday night and will stall over Pennsylvania today. Clouds from this front remain in place across the Finger lakes this morning.

Gradually, dry air from the north associated with an area of high pressure will build in. This should result in brightening skies from north to south.

Clouds may linger across the Southern Tier until this afternoon, but eventually, most of the region should turn sunny.

Rain is not expected from the clouds this morning, though a few showers did drift across the Southern Tier during the predawn hours.

The front that moved through last night was not very strong. Temperatures will not be as warm as the last couple of days, but should still be above normal.

Look for highs today mostly in the low 70s with overnight temperatures tonight in the 50s.

Front Wobbles Friday, Moves Back North Saturday

A disturbance will move along the stalled out front tonight, causing it to buckle back north for a time.

This should result in an increase in cloud cover overnight and possibly some showers.

The chances for rain are still a bit unclear but will be higher further south.

Rain will be most likely during the predawn and morning hours on Friday. A few showers could linger into the early afternoon as well.

Rain amounts will be light, with most areas seeing less than a quarter-inch.

After sagging back south Friday afternoon, the front will quickly move north through the region Saturday morning as a warm front. Another period of showers will be likely early Saturday, but again, rain amounts will be light.

Windy Weekend, Watching Nate

A large, strong storm system moving into the Upper Great Lakes will be responsible for the warm front Saturday morning.

However, outside of an increase in temperature and gusty winds, this storm will have few other direct impacts on the Finger Lakes.

High temperatures Saturday and Sunday will push into the upper 70s and a few places could even hit 80 degrees.

Winds will begin to increase through the day on Saturday but will be strongest Saturday night into Sunday. Some places could see gusts over 40 mph at this time.

Early next week, the focus will then turn towards the tropics. Newly formed Tropical Storm Nate is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast as a minimal hurricane this weekend.

Moisture from Nate will then get picked up by a frontal boundary and could become excessive for some parts of the eastern United States.

How this evolves, and whether or not the Finger Lakes will see significant rain, is too early to determine. The Finger Lakes definitely needs rain, but not so much that flooding becomes an issue. Stay tuned.

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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.