Rain returns for Thursday afternoon & evening

finger lakes weather forecast thursday march 29 2018 rain
Rain will gradually increase across the Finger Lakes on Thursday, falling steadily during the afternoon hours. [Photo by Julie Copenhagen]

Fog & Rain Thursday

Thursday is off to another foggy start as mild, moist air precedes another rainy afternoon for the Finger Lakes.

The fog this morning is most prevalent over higher elevations and in areas that still have some snow on the ground. Watch for rapidly changing visibility if traveling this morning.

A stalled out frontal boundary is in place over the Finger Lakes, serving as a focal point for clouds and, eventually, more rain.

Low pressure will rapidly move northeast along this front today, bringing rain from the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys towards the Finger Lakes.

A few spits of drizzle will be possible with the fog this morning with a couple scattered showers starting to show up during the latter half of the morning.

The steadier rain should begin to arrive during the early afternoon hours from southwest to northeast.

By about 2 pm, most of the area should be seeing steady rain, which will continue through dinnertime and into the early evening.

The rain will taper to showers during the evening as the low passes overhead.

A band of briefly heavy rain and possibly a rumble of thunder will pass through during the late evening and overnight hours along a cold front.

A few more rain showers will linger after midnight, perhaps mixing with a little wet snow, but with no accumulations expected.

Winds today will be light with temperatures rising into the upper 40s and low 50s.

From Cloudy and Cool to Sunny and Mild, Then Back Again

A few more flurries may linger into Friday morning, but dry air will slowly work in during the course of the day.

By the afternoon, at least a little sunshine should be working out as high pressure moves in.

Temperatures Friday will be cool with highs within a few degrees on either side of 40 degrees. Areas along the I-90 Corridor are most likely to be over 40 degrees while the Southern Tier will be most likely to stick in the 30s.

The wind will pick up a bit for Friday as well with northwest winds gusting to 25 or possibly 30 mph.

Friday night, skies will clear and winds will swing around to the south.

Morning lows Saturday will start in the 20s, but the sunshine and south wind will drive temperatures upward.

Most areas should reach the low or mid 50son Saturday, with just the higher elevations of Southwest New York and Central New York remaining in the upper 40s.

Clouds will increase Saturday afternoon and rain will arrive during the evening hours. A sharp cold front with strong winds will send temperatures tumbling Saturday night, changing the rain to snow showers.

A few higher elevations could wake up to a light coating of snow for Easter morning.

Easter Sunday itself will be cold and windy, with highs mostly in the mid 30s and wind gusts exceeding 30 mph from the northwest.

Temperatures next week will mostly stick in the 30s and 40s, but the second week of April looks a bit more seasonable with 40s and some 50s possible.

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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 and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.