Quieter weather this week for the Finger Lakes

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Sunshine will struggle through clouds and smoke from wildfires in the Western US early this week.

Single Storm System This Week

One quick moving storm system will impact the Finger Lakes this week, mostly on Tuesday night, with some gusty winds before and after the system passes by.

Before this storm system arrives, Monday will be a quiet day with clouds and some breaks of sun.

Even when the sun comes out, the sky will have a milky, hazy look to it thanks to smoke in the atmosphere, carried all the way from wildfires over the Northwestern United States.

Temperatures Monday will be seasonable, with upper 70s and low 80s for highs.

The storm system will start to approach on Tuesday with a few rounds of light rain showers, beginning in the morning and continuing into the afternoon. Heavy rain is not expected, though a couple of thunderstorms may rumble in during the evening hours.

Most areas will see less than a quarter-inch of rain, with as much as half to three-quarters of an inch in a few localized areas.

Of bigger concern may be the wind. The low pressure of this system will track across lakes Erie and Ontario on a favorable track for wind in our region.

Wind gusts will first start to approach and exceed 30 mph Tuesday morning and will continue to do so throughout Wednesday. A few 40 mph gusts over higher elevations will be possible Tuesday evening.

Weaker rooted trees could possibly fall given the soggy ground, leading to some sporadic power outages and damage.

Winds will start from the south-southeast on Tuesday before swinging to the southwest Tuesday evening. By Wednesday morning, winds will be from the northwest.

Nice End to the Week

A couple of stray showers may linger into Wednesday, especially during the morning hours, as the storm pulls away. Most of the day should be fine, albeit a bit cloudy.

Then, high pressure will build in for Thursday and Friday, resulting in a nice end to the week.

Temperatures on Wednesday will only be in the low 70s thanks to the clouds and breezy northwest winds.

Thursday will be sunny but still comfortable, with highs in the mid 70s and dry dewpoints only in the low 50s.

Humidity will remain low on Friday as temperatures return to normal with upper 70s and low 80s.

An early look at next weekend shows a chance for a couple showers.

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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.