Monday rain brings extreme warmth to the Finger Lakes

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Rain will move into the Finger Lakes Monday afternoon, followed by a surge of very warm air for Tuesday and early Wednesday. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Turning Rainy Monday

Rain will move into the Finger Lakes Monday afternoon and evening along a warm front that will bring extreme warmth into the region.

Monday is off to a breezy, but dry start with temperatures throughout the 30s. Warm air is already surging north aloft, resulting in clouds and an area of rain to the southwest.

A few showers will start to move in during the late morning hours with the rain becoming widespread during the early afternoon.

The rain should become rather steady throughout the afternoon and into the evening before it starts to push north and tapers off.

Precipitation amounts should be between a quarter-inch and half-inch.

Temperatures at the surface will be slow to rise today thanks to the clouds and rain, but warm air is already increasing aloft.

High temperatures will be around 40 degrees much of the day and into this evening before warmer air works in overnight.

Spring-Like Warmth

A strong storm system will develop over the middle of the country and will slowly drag a cold front into the Great Lakes.

Ahead of this front, extremely warm weather will take hold.

Overnight tonight, temperatures will push into the 50s over Western New York while 40s hold over the Finger Lakes.

Temperatures will then quickly rise through the 50s and into the 60s by Tuesday afternoon.

A few rain showers will be possible early in the morning, but Tuesday afternoon should have more sun.

Temperatures should remain near or above 50 degrees Tuesday night with highs back into the 60s on Wednesday.

However, the cold front will push through Wednesday afternoon, sending temperatures tumbling quickly back into the 40s. By the evening, 30s will be widespread across the Finger Lakes once again.

Along with the drop in temperature, rain will be likely Wednesday afternoon.

Late Week Weather

High pressure should build in behind the front Wednesday evening.

This will lead to a quiet day on Thursday.

Skies will be partly cloudy and temperatures will be near normal in the mid 30s.

There is some uncertainty in the weather for Friday and the weekend as a couple of storm systems make a run at our region.

Right now, it looks like Friday and Sunday will be rainiest with temperatures in the 40s.

There is a fair chance that temperatures could get even warmer, though.

 

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.). 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.