More of the same for now, but signs of a change?

finger lakes weather forecast thursday march 22 2018
Thursday will feature more temperatures in the 30s with a mix of clouds and some sun. [Photo by Janet Steiner]

Stuck On Repeat

The weather across the Finger Lakes is stuck in the same pattern it has been in for most of March for at least a few more days.

The latest nor’easter is pulling out of New England today. Clouds associated with this system still linger over the Finger Lakes, but some sun will try to shine through from time to time today.

No snow will fall in the Finger Lakes region today with the nor’easter tracking further away.

Temperatures today will be where they have been most of the month, with highs mostly in the mid 30s with a couple places poking into the upper 30s, especially if the sun works out in any substantial manner.

The wind will be a bit brisk though, making it feel a bit cooler than it actually is. Look for northwest winds to gust between 25-30 mph for most of the Finger Lakes, with a few gusts as high as 35 mph across southeastern portions of the region.

Temperatures will cool back into the low and mid 20s tonight with scattered cloud cover preventing a fall into the teens.

A few lake effect snow showers are expected to develop on Friday, mostly from Watkins Glen towards Ithaca and Cortland. Little if any accumulation is expected with no travel issues expected.

The snow showers will be off and on into Friday night and possibly even Saturday morning. A little enhancement from Cayuga and Seneca Lake could result in an inch or so due south of those lakes early Saturday.

Friday’s high temperatures will be in the mid 30s with low and mid 30s on Saturday as winds turn more northerly.

A Taste of Normalcy

After another day of the same on Sunday, with highs in the mid and upper 30s and a mix of sun and clouds, next week’s weather is finally looking a bit warmer.

High pressure will expand along the East Coast, gradually shifting its center from New England to the Southeast.

With the clockwise flow of air around high pressure systems, this pattern is favorable for at least some warmer weather.

High temperatures on Monday should reach into the mid 40s, while Tuesday will approach 50 degrees.

A cold front will approach on Wednesday, which will help temperatures push into the 50s thanks to the south winds ahead of the front.

The front is then expected to wash out, with highs Thursday and Friday settling back to around 50 degrees.

Unfortunately, as we head towards the beginning of April, temperatures look like they will retreat back into the low 40s and upper 30s with below normal temperatures expected to persist into at least mid-April.

The good news is that by Mid-April, average highs are in the mid 50s, so even slightly below normal temperatures will be nicer than what they have been.

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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.

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