Clouds linger Wednesday, a few showers Thursday

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Clouds will hang tough across the Finger Lakes on Wednesday though a little sun may work through late in the day. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Cooler, Still Cloudy

Behind Tuesday’s soggy, stormy cold front, the weather on Wednesday will be quieter and cooler, but still quite clouds.

A stubborn area of low level moisture will be tough to erode away today. Conditions will very gradually improve though.

This morning, expect thick clouds and some patchy fog. A few spits of rain or drizzle can also be expected. Temperatures are starting the day mostly in the mid 50s.

A northwest wind will develop by the mid and late morning hours, which will help reduce the fog and drizzle. Clouds will remain in place, though.

Finally, by the late afternoon, some breaks of sun may start to appear. Some areas may not see much in the way of clearing until after sunset, however.

High temperatures will mostly stick in the low 60s today. Mid 50s should be expected this evening before temperatures start to rise shortly after midnight. The western Finger Lakes should be into the 60s by Thursday morning.

Another Front Thursday

This push of warm air will be ahead of another cold front.

Showers and a few thunderstorms could start to arrive as early as the mid-morning hours as temperatures approach 70 degrees for the entire region,

This front does not have the moisture or upper atmosphere support that Tuesday’s system had. As a result, the rain should be much lighter.

Scattered to numerous rain showers will continue through the midday and into the early afternoon hours. They will then taper off from northwest to southeast as the front moves through.

By 4 or 5 pm, the rain should be over for the Finger Lakes. Likewise, by this time, temperatures will have dropped back into the 60s behind the front after seeing highs reach the mid 70s just ahead of the front.

Southwest winds ahead of the front may gust over 30 mph at times. A brief period of gusty northwest winds behind the front is also likely.

Friday & Weekend Weather

Clouds should be much quicker to dissipate behind Thursday’s front with mostly clear skies by Thursday night.

With clear skies and a fresh cool air mass, temperatures will drop well into the 40s for Friday morning. A few 30s could show up across the western Southern Tier and in Central New York.

Sunny skies will dominate Friday with light and variable winds. High temperatures will hover around 60 degrees.

A south wind will develop Friday night and turn blustery on Saturday. Warm air will surge back into the Finger Lakes.

Look for highs on Saturday to range from near 80 degrees around Rochester to low 70s in Central New York. Most areas should be within a couple degrees of 75 degrees.

Skies Saturday should be partly cloudy. No rain is currently expected until a few showers drift in overnight.

Sunday is less certain and there will be a chance for a few rain showers as a front sets up from west to east across the region. North of this front, temperatures will be in the 60s. To the south, 70s will be widespread. At this time, most of the Finger Lakes looks to be on the warm side of the front, but even a small change in the position of the front could have a big impact on the forecast.

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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.