Quiet cool weekend ahead of warm-up

finger lakes weather forecast friday march 23 2018 weekend weather forecast
Sunshine will mix with clouds and a few flurries throughout the weekend with temperatures remaining below normal. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Sun, Clouds, and Cool

The weather pattern the Finger Lakes has held onto all week will persist into the weekend before temperatures rise next week.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will all have similarities with just some small variations in the details.

The atmosphere is lacking a couple of ingredients for lake flakes this morning with the core of colder air aloft still to the west and enough dry air to prevent lake development.

A few flurries will still be possible this evening as conditions become marginally more supportive and some of these could persist into Saturday morning with another chance coming Sunday morning.

Even if it does snow though, accumulations will be limited to a coating at most.

Outside of any of these flurries, skies will likely be a mix of sunshine and some scattered clouds.

Temperatures will be the biggest variable over the coming days. Friday should reach the mid and upper 30s during the afternoon, yet Saturday will struggle to reach 30 degrees. Sunday will be warmer again, with highs in the upper 30s to perhaps even near 40 degrees.

Nighttime temperatures will continue to be cold, with morning lows Saturday and Sunday in the teens.

In Like A Lion…Out Like a Lamb

After spending nearly all of March stuck in the 30s, the final week of the month will finally warm up.

Temperatures will break into the 40s on Monday with most places in the low to mid 40s. Skies should be sun-filled from start to finish.

Tuesday will also be sunny with some high, thin clouds spreading into the region from the west late in the day.

With a south wind also in place, temperatures should range from the upper 40s to the low 50s on Tuesday.

Wednesday is a bit less certain as a decaying cold front approaches the region. A few showers may be possible along with more clouds. Temperatures will ultimately depend on how conditions evolve but should be near or above normal.

A new system will approach the region Thursday into Friday with a better chance for rain. Again, temperatures are uncertain, but should at least be in the mid 40s, which is normal for late March.

Needed: Weather Photos for Springsubmit weather photos

Spring is coming (really, it is…), so it is time to restock my photo library! I would love to use your spring photos in the coming weeks as the cover images on my blog posts.

I especially need photos that the transition from winter to spring, meaning little to no snow, but also little to no plant growth.

Pictures showing different weather conditions (sunny, rainy, sun & clouds, windy, etc.) are also needed.

I am always accepting pictures from any season, though, so feel free to send me your favorites, regardless of the season they show!

I greatly appreciate your pictures and truly enjoy sharing them on my blog.

Please visit the Photo-Submission page for more information.

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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.