Cloudy Mother’s Day Weekend in the Finger Lakes

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Rain is likely Saturday, especially during the morning, but Sunday should be mostly dry. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Rain Saturday

An area of rain is moving through the Finger Lakes early Saturday morning.

This widespread area of rain has some heavier downpours embedded within it. The rain should last for several hours.

By around 11 am, the steadiest rain will be the east. Scattered showers will remain over the Finger Lakes region, continuing into the afternoon.

A second area of steadier rain may skirt across the Southern Tier during the mid afternoon hours.

Rain amounts will range from 0.5-1″ across the Southern Tier while areas along and north of I-90 see amounts only around 0.10″.

With the clouds and rain, temperatures will only rise a few degrees from the upper 40s this morning to the low 50s this afternoon.

Nicer Sunday

On Sunday, the stalled out front responsible for the rain will sag further south, away from the Finger Lakes.

A brief shower still could be possible over the Southern Tier, but the majority of the area will remain dry.

The sun will try to come out across the northern half of the Finger Lakes with mixed results. Areas further south are likely to remain quite cloudy.

Temperatures will depend on how much sun breaks through. Mid and upper 60s are possible across the northern Finger Lakes, while upper 50s and low 60s are more likely across the southern regions.

The presence of the clouds should keep temperatures well above any concern for frost either Saturday night or Sunday night.

Next Week Preview

Much of next week is looking dry, sunny and warm.

Active weather should remain focused south of the region along the stalled out frontal boundary.

Meanwhile, sunny skies will translate warmer air aloft down to the surface.

Look for high temperatures Monday through Thursday to reach the 70s.

Late in the week, the weather may turn more active again, but it is too early to say for sure.

There is also still a chance the front could move back north, bringing at least a chance for some active weather back in by mid-week.

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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.