Temperatures fall across the Finger Lakes Monday

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Temperatures will fall back into the 40s after a mild morning, but some sun should work out for the afternoon. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Temperatures Peak This Morning

Temperatures overnight moved very little across the Finger Lakes with widespread mid and upper 50s to start the day off.

However, temperatures are already dropping across western New York as of 7 am this morning as a cold front crosses the region.

There are a few more scattered showers along and ahead of this front, but these are light and most areas will probably see little if any additional rain.

EDIT- 9:30 AM — An area of rain that was over northern Pennsylvania has expanded north. Areas along and east of a Bath to Watkins Glen to Cortland line should see a period of steadier rain for an hour or two during the mid and late morning hours as a result.

As the front moves through over the course of the morning, temperatures will fall back into the mid and upper 40s. Once falling to these levels, the temperature should steady itself and remain there through the afternoon.

Skies are clearing behind the front across the Upper Great Lakes and some of that sunshine should work its way into the Finger Lakes this afternoon.

The cool air will come in on breezy northwest winds, but gusts will be significantly less than yesterday. Expect top wind gusts around 25 mph today.

Chilly Week Ends Cold

High pressure will build in and take control of our weather for the majority of the week.

This high pressure will originate from the northern Great Plains, so it will have chilly, but not terribly cold air. Generally, temperatures will run close to, if not just a few degrees below normal for the next few days.

This translates to highs in the mid 40s Tuesday, upper 40s Wednesday, and around 50 degrees on Thursday. Morning lows will be frosty, with low and mid 30s Tuesday morning, and 20s and 30s Wednesday and Thursday.

All three of these days should be generally sunny with no precipitation expected.

A cold front is then expected to move through Thursday night or early Friday. Precipitation should be limited with this system, but what does fall may very well be snow. Accumulations should be limited to a coating.

Another high pressure will then build in, this time from Canada. Friday will be a very cold day as north winds pour arctic air in ahead of the high pressure. Daytime high temperatures should be no higher than the 30s, and may not even escape the 20s.

Temperatures should moderate for next weekend with continued quiet conditions.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.