Temperatures push into the 50s Thursday

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Temperatures will soar today in the Finger Lakes, reaching well into the 50s. Rain moves in this evening. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Warm Air Surges In

A very warm day is in store for the Finger Lakes as mild air continues to surge north ahead of a cold front that will arrive early Friday morning.

Temperatures this morning are already pushing into the 40s for many areas.

Skies will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day, but south winds will help temperatures warm. A little sun may break through the clouds as well, which will only add to the warming.

Record highs will not fall today, with most stations in the area having records in the low 60s from either 1949 or 1954.

Still, it will be very warm with highs in the mid and upper 50s throughout the Finger Lakes.

Temperatures this evening and overnight will remain in the 40s until a cold front passes through just before dawn on Friday.

Rain Chances

A couple scattered showers will be possible throughout the daytime hours on Thursday.

Most of these showers will be very light and scattered. Many areas will not see any rain during the daylight hours.

An area of light rain may drift through around sunset, but a better chance for rain will come later in the evening.

Several hours of steady rain will fall from about 10 pm tonight into the very early morning hours on Friday when the front moves through.

Rainfall amounts will generally be around a quarter-inch, but a few localized areas could see more.

Rain will taper off around sunrise on Friday, possibly ending as a few snowflakes. A second band of snow showers may move through later in the morning with just a coating of accumulation.

Temperatures Friday will slide back through the 30s during the day.

Weekend Weather Mostly Nice

The weather will be rather nice for the weekend, though a brief interruption may occur Saturday night.

High pressure will be in control for Saturday with a cool, sunny start to the day. Clouds will move in from the south, gradually transitioning from high, thin clouds to a thicker overcast.

Those clouds will be associated with an area of low pressure that will race through the Mid-Atlantic and into New England Saturday night.

This low may spread some snow into the area as temperatures drop from afternoon highs in the mid 30s to evening temperatures in the upper 20s.

Snow will be most likely the further south and east you go, and there is still plenty of uncertainty whether the snow will make it this far north at all.

At most, areas from Elmira to Ithaca to Cortland could see 1-3 inches of accumulation overnight.

Any snow that does fall Saturday will be gone by Sunday afternoon thanks to sunny skies and temperatures returning to the low 40s.

Even warmer weather is likely next week as an active storm track over the middle of the country and high pressure over the Atlantic combine to push record warmth north.

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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.). When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.