Rain, storms depart Tuesday morning

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday july 17 2017 rain thunder cold front cooler temperatures
After some more rain Tuesday morning, skies will brighten for the afternoon. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Cold Front Clears the Finger Lakes

A cold front will sweep through the Finger Lakes this morning, ending the rain and supplying a refreshing air mass.

Until that happens, showers and a few thunderstorms will continue across the area, especially across the northern and eastern regions.

Thunderstorms last night brought a few isolated areas of strong winds and flash flooding. No severe weather is expected this morning, however.

By the midday hours, the rain should be well on its way to our east and some sunshine will start to work out.

A gusty northwest wind will develop. With the sunshine, temperatures should still manage to reach the low 80s before the cooler air arrives.

Temperatures will drop tonight, with low 60s for the northern parts of the region and mid and upper 50s further south. Areas of fog are possible in the Southern Tier.

Wednesday will be a mix of sun and clouds, followed by sunny days Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will trend upwards from mid 70s Wednesday to low 80s Thursday and upper 80s Friday.

finger lakes weather rain amounts monday july 16 2018
Estimated rainfall amounts from Monday and Monday night, through 6 am Tuesday. Click the image to enlarge. [Map produced with the NWS EDD]

Drought Help

The rain that fell Monday and through the night will certainly be helpful in slowing the progress of the developing drought.

Rainfall estimates across much of the Finger Lakes region were in excess of one-half inch with many areas seeing an inch or more.

There were a few areas of excessive rainfall and flooding, which is not overly helpful for drought relief, but all in all, this was a good event for our region.

Hope also exists for more relief in the near future.

An area of low pressure is expected to move into the Great Lakes this weekend and then slowly drift eastward next week.

A second area of low pressure will develop along the coast and move north, possibly spreading some rain into the area on Sunday.

On and off showers are then looking possible for much of next week as the low meanders through.

Seeing rain multiple days in a row would be a nice boost for the water tables and agriculture.

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  1. John Gregoire
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    Drew, our Mecklenburg station recorded 1.34 which leaves us two inches shy of norm for the month in a year that is already below norm. The rainfall estimate map legend is impossible to read at this end.