Rain stops for Wednesday but clouds remain

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday march 28 2018 clouds fog temperatures
Wednesday will be a cloudy day with some early drizzle and fog with near normal temperatures. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Cloudy but Mostly Dry

Wednesday will be a fairly quiet day across the Finger Lakes, but clouds will hang tough between weather systems.

A frontal boundary between two areas of low pressure, one over Canada and another over Arkansas, will serve as a focal point for clouds and rain.

This front will mostly be to our south as a small area of high pressure moves across the Great Lakes.

The result of these interacting weather systems will be a primarily cloudy, yet mostly dry Wednesday with near normal temperatures.

A few areas of drizzle and fog will remain possible this morning, especially towards the Southern Tier and Central New York.

The fog should lift over the course of the morning, but skies will remain overcast throughout the day. No additional rain is expected once the drizzle dissipates this morning.

Temperatures will rise from the mid 30s this morning into the mid and upper 40s this afternoon. Some locations in and around Rochester could sneak into the low 50s.

Winds will be very light throughout the day.

Rain Returns Later Thursday

The low pressure system over Arkansas this morning will gradually track northeast along the frontal boundary.

By Thursday evening, this low should be situated directly over the Finger Lakes.

The first half of Thursday will be cloudy but dry, but as the low approaches, rain will move back into the region.

The rain should arrive from south to north during the early afternoon hours. Widespread rain will fall for several hours, perhaps with a few heavier downpours during the late afternoon.

By the evening, rain should become more scattered as the low moves in and the steady precipitation moves off to the north and northwest.

Showers will continue on and off through the evening. As the low passes by, steadier rain should move back in after midnight, but will mostly pull out of the region by Friday morning.

Cold air will sweep across the area behind the low, sending temperatures falling from the 40s and 50s into the 30s.

Up & Down Easter Weekend

A new storm system will move from the Midwest towards the Northeast over the Easter weekend, bringing changeable weather conditions to the Finger Lakes.

The cold air that moves in Friday will quickly be replaced with a warmer air mass as winds swing around to the south ahead of this system.

Skies should at least start Saturday sunny, but if most of the day holds onto at least partial sunshine, temperatures could push into the 50s.

A cold front will move through Saturday night with a period of rain. By Easter Sunday morning, temperatures will have again dropped with morning lows in the 30s and even 20s.

Unfortunately, this means a cold, windy Easter is in store. Currently, temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s with wind gusts from the northwest up to 35 mph.

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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.