Windy and wet week ahead for the Finger Lakes

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Sunshine on Monday will precede active weather much of the remainder of the week. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Best Weather of the Week Monday

Monday is shaping up to be a fine day across the Finger Lakes and, start to finish, will likely be the nicest day this week.

Clear skies are developing across the area early this morning after a very narrow miss overnight from a quick moving area of snow that skirted through northern Pennsylvania and parts of Central New York.

The clouds that were in place from this system overnight have kept temperatures in the upper 20s.

High pressure will move overhead by this afternoon with light and variable winds. Most of today’s warming, therefore, will be driven by the sunny skies.

Look for afternoon high temperatures to reach the mid 40s for most areas with a couple locations in the northern Finger Lakes sneaking into the upper 40s.

Some clouds will start to work in towards sunset and into the evening, but otherwise, skies should be quite sunny throughout the day.

Rain, Then Strong Wind

A storm system will quickly develop across the central Plains today and race towards the Great Lakes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This system will push a warm front through the Finger Lakes. The first chances for a couple showers will begin around sunrise Tuesday with a better chance for rain in the late morning and afternoon.

A few rumbles of thunder cannot be ruled out, especially later in the afternoon.

With the clouds and rain, most of Tuesday will have temperatures hovering close to 40 degrees. However, the front will clear the area during the evening and temperatures will rise significantly overnight.

Many areas will be at least near 50 degrees Wednesday morning, but mid or even upper 50s could be possible.

A few additional showers, and perhaps a thunderstorm, will be possible through the night.

Winds will be blustery most of Tuesday, but will really pick up Tuesday night into Wednesday. Widespread wind gusts of 45-55 mph with locally stronger winds will be possible.

Winds will initially be from the south but will swing around to the west-southwest as the cold front moves through during the mid and late morning hours.

A few more showers will accompany the front, followed by a few flurries later in the day as temperatures fall. Winds will gradually taper off somewhat Wednesday night.

Second System Friday

Thursday will be comparable to Easter Sunday’s weather. Cold west winds will gust over 30 mph at times before letting up later in the day.

Some lake effect snow showers will be possible with just a coating accumulating.

Temperatures Thursday will only rise to the mid and upper 30s.

Another system will track through the Great Lakes on Friday, again following a favored track for strong winds in our region.

Most of the precipitation will likely fall as rain, but there is a chance for some snow at the onset early Friday morning. This will be something to watch over the coming days.

This system will not have very much warm air to pull north, with highs early Friday around 40 degrees.

Winds will again be strong, but at this time, do not appear to be quite as strong as Wednesday’s winds. Still, gusts could approach or exceed 40 mph area wide.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Karen

    Thank you Drew for allowing updates by email as I am planning to dump facebook!

  2. […] FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says a storm system that will develop quickly across the Plains today will race toward us on Tuesday and Wednesday — bringing the most-active weather of the week those two days. […]