Temperatures trend upwards for the Finger Lakes

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Period of sunshine will accompany gradually warmer temperatures through the end of the week and weekend in the Finger Lakes. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

From Chilly to Comfortable

A wide range of generally chilly temperatures Thursday morning will lead to a period of gradually warming temperatures that will continue into the weekend.

Thursday morning lows range from just below zero to the upper teens. With sunny skies this morning, those temperatures should rise into the 20s by this afternoon.

Some clouds may work in from time to time as a small disturbance approaches and warmer air moves in aloft.

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Temperatures across the Finger Lakes Thursday morning varied greatly, ranging from below zero to the upper teens. Click image to enlarge.

Nothing more than a couple of stray flurries are possible, mostly this evening, with no accumulation.

High temperatures Thursday will still be a bit below normal, topping out in the mid 20s.

Temperatures will dip back into the teens tonight before reaching into the mid 30s on Friday. Skies should be a mix of clouds and sun throughout the day.

Pleasant Weekend

The weather will remain quiet through the weekend as temperatures continue to rise.

Sunny skies are expected on Saturday. After morning lows in the mid and upper 20s, highs should reach the low 40s during the afternoon.

The wind may be a bit blustery at times, especially in the Genessee Valley, where gusts up to 35 mpg will be possible.

Lighter winds are expected on Sunday, with top gusts under 20 mph.

Sunday will gradually turn cloudy and temperatures will be closer to 40 degrees as a result.

A few light rain showers will be possible from the late afternoon and into the evening, but none of these should be significant.

Snow Lacking

Snow is looking like a scarce commodity over the second half of January.

Temperatures should remain near or slightly above normal through most of next week as our weather pattern remains fairly quiet.

The storm systems that do enter into the region look like they will favor a path to our west, keeping most of the precipitation as rain.

There will always be the chance for a more significant snow event to whip up. Last weekend is a perfect example of how quickly things can change.

However, the overall pattern is not very favorable for such an event or for lake effect snow.

Some areas could get into February with only minor snow accumulations during the remainder of January.

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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.

  1. Overly Hackled

    The only forcast I trust!

    The detail and indepth explanations of not only what is probably but also what is possible make your treatment of weather conditions in the Finger Lakes are far and above the run of the mill talking heads efforts.

    Thank you and keep up the excellent work

    Overly Hackled