Nicer Thursday & Friday
The weather will finally pull itself out of the cool, showery pattern we have been in so far this week.
An area of low pressure scooting across Southern Canada has turned winds towards the south. These south winds will bring in some warmer air for the Finger Lakes.
There are one or two showers isolated about the region in response to the incoming warmer air. Most of what is showing on the radar does not even seem to be reaching the ground, but don’t be surprised to see a few drips this morning.
The chances of rain will decrease this afternoon with most areas remaining dry all day.
The amount of sun that works out today will be variable from time to time. Some cloudier periods are likely, but the sun should also be breaking through at times.
Temperatures will be just a degree or two shy of normal with low and mid 70s for afternoon highs.
By Friday morning, the Canadian low will be to the east, meaning a switch back to north winds. Skies will be a bit sunnier than today but still mixed with periods of clouds.
Temperatures will be similar with more low and mid 70s.
Saturday Rain Chances
An area of rain will develop Friday afternoon over the Midwest and will track across the Great Lakes Friday night.
By Saturday morning, some of this rain may work into the Finger Lakes.
There is still a wide spread on the models about where the core of heaviest rain will set up. The focal point for heavy rain still appears to be south and west of the Finger Lakes, but it is far from certain.
In a most-rainy scenario, much of Saturday could end up a washout with a couple of inches of rain falling. In a least-rainy scenario, the rain completely misses the region.
Right now, I would expect several hours of rain in the western Southern Tier with some showers during the morning and midday hours for the southwestern 2/3rds of the Finger Lakes. Areas north and east, such as Auburn and Syracuse, may still escape with little to no rain.
Those with outdoor plans Saturday should continue to monitor the forecast.
Temperatures Saturday will depend on the location of the rain, but will likely end up somewhere in the 60s.
Sunday will turn bright and sunny at last with highs reaching around 70 degrees.