Back to rain for the Finger Lakes Friday

finger lakes weather forecast friday february 23 2018 rain fog ice
Rain will move into the Finger Lakes Friday morning with a few pockets of ice initially. Fog is likely again during the evening hours. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Active Weather Continues With Rainy Friday

The Finger Lakes will get no break from the active weather as yet another low pressure impacts the region on Friday, this time with rain.

Rain is lifting northeast through the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes and should begin to arrive in the Finger Lakes during the second half of the morning.

At first, the rain will likely be showery with on and off bouts of rain scattered about the area.

During this initial phase, a few pockets of freezing rain may develop. This is most likely over Central New York in Cortland County, but cannot be completely ruled out across the Southern Tier as well.

Generally speaking though, temperatures should be able to rise a couple of degrees from their morning lows just below freezing to reach the mid 30s by the time the rain arrives.

Rain will become more widespread and steadier for a couple of hours during the afternoon. The rain will then taper off from southwest to northeast between 3-5 pm.

Temperatures over most of the Finger Lakes will reach the upper 30s and low 40s. Roughly along and west of I-390, temperatures will soar into the upper 40s and low 50s.

Yesterday’s soggy snowpack, today’s rain, and temperatures hovering near 40 degrees will likely lead to areas of dense fog this evening and overnight. Use caution when traveling tonight and be prepared for rapidly changing visibility.

Next and Final System Lining Up

The last system in this near constant string of storms will take aim at the Finger Lakes Saturday night and Sunday.

Fog and drizzle will likely still be in place Saturday morning and will only slowly dissipate during the later morning hours as winds start to shift from the west to the northwest and finally from the east.

Morning lows will be in the mid to perhaps upper 30s all across the Finger Lakes, but temperatures will remain stagnant throughout the day with very little change up or down.

Temperatures may finally start to rise slightly after midnight Saturday night as rain returns to the region.

Sunday morning lows may be near 40 degrees before temperatures briefly make a run at 50 degrees during the course of the late morning and early afternoon.

Throughout the night and morning, widespread moderate to heavy rain will be falling across the region. By the time the rain tapers off during the early afternoon, many places should see over a half-inch of rain.

This storm system will also bring strong winds to the area with frequent gusts of 35-50 mph Saturday night and Sunday morning. Higher elevations could see gusts in excess of 50 mph.

The rain and wind will diminish during the afternoon and most of next week looks quiet, at least until late in the week.

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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. Jane Schantz

    Thanks Drew, you rock!!