Clouds increase Tuesday as rain approaches

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday april 24 2018 clouds rain
Clouds will thicken across the Finger Lakes as a meandering low pressure system drifts northward. [Photo by Janet Steiner]

Warm But Cloudy

South winds overnight have kept temperatures warm. Most areas are starting the day in the upper 40s or low 50s.

Skies this morning are a mix of sun and clouds. The partial sunshine will help temperatures warm quickly once again. By midday, many places will again be at or above 60 degrees.

Clouds will gradually take over with overcast skies later in the day.

Outside of a stray shower, most likely over the western Finger Lakes, the daytime hours should remain dry.

These clouds are from an area of low pressure over the Southeast United States. This low will slowly track north over the next couple of days.

Rain Moves In

The chances for rain will increase during the evening and overnight hours. Rain tonight should be mostly light.

Periods of rain will persist into Wednesday morning, becoming steadier and heavier.

Rain will linger into Wednesday afternoon as the axis of heaviest precipitation sets up over the Western Finger Lakes.

The rain could remain in place along and north of the I-90 corridor west of Cayuga County throughout the night.

By Thursday morning, low pressure will move through New England and the rain chances will drop.

Total rainfall could exceed an inch, especially over northwestern parts of the region.

With the rain, temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be cooler. Expect highs in the low 50s Wednesday and upper 40s Thursday.

Warm and Cold Swap Places

On Friday, the sun will come back out and south winds will return.

This will send temperatures soaring into the 60s once again.

However, a cold front will drag showers through the area on Saturday. The rain should not be heavy, but will keep temperatures in the 50s,

Sunday will turn sunny again, but gusty northwest winds will keep highs near or below 50 degrees.

High pressure will then set up off the coast of the Carolinas early next week. South winds on the backside of the high will pump warm air northward.

By Tuesday and Wednesday next week, we should be seeing our warmest temperatures yet in 2018 with 70s very likely.

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