Windy, rainy Election Day in the Finger Lakes

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday november 6 2018 election day wind rain temperatures
Rain will fall primarily during the morning Tuesday but gusty winds will persist through Wednesday. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Stormy Election Day Weather

Tuesday will be a blustery, wet day as a large storm system lifts north through the Great Lakes.

Rain is already marching across the region. This rain will fall steadily throughout the morning before tapering off during the midday hours.

finger lakes weather surface map tuesday november 6 2018
Low pressure will track northeast through Michigan and into Canada today. Rain will be followed by a warm up this afternoon while gusty winds persist through today, tonight, and into Wednesday. [Click map to enlarge]
Total rain amounts will be between one-third and one-half an inch.

After the steady rain moves out, there will just be a few scattered showers during the afternoon and evening.

This storm system is taking a favored path for strong winds. Winds are starting from the southeast this morning but will swing around to the southwest by the late afternoon.

The strongest gusts will be over western New York and the western Finger Lakes along with higher elevations. Gusts could exceed 40 mph there. Elsewhere, gusts should max out around 35 mph.

An area of warm air between the warm and cold fronts will arrive for the afternoon. Temperatures will reach the upper 50s and low 60s.

Temperatures this evening will hold in the low 50s until close to midnight when a quick drop into the low and mid 40s will occur.

Winds will remain gusty throughout the night.

Dry Wednesday & Thursday

Southwest winds on Wednesday will continue be blustery. They will also kick up lake effect cloud cover off Lake Erie.

This should keep areas along Lake Ontario and west of Rochester cloudy, but the rest of the Finger Lakes will enjoy a sunny day.

Temperatures on Wednesday will be close to normal with highs just above 50 degrees.

The wind will finally lessen Wednesday night as it turns to a more west-northwesterly direction.

That wind shift will cause renewed cloud cover and cooler temperatures for Thursday. I expect highs to only reach the mid 40s.

Conditions should remain dry though with nothing more than a morning lake effect shower or flurry north of Syracuse.

Friday and the Weekend

A storm system will move through on Friday with rain and some wind though winds will not be as strong.

The rain looks to be most plentiful during the afternoon hours Friday.

This system will have two low pressure centers, one over the Great Lakes and a second along the East Coast. That will prevent warm air from moving into the Finger Lakes. Highs Friday will struggle into the low 40s.

Lake effect showers and flurries will develop on strong west winds behind the storm for Saturday.

High pressure will then move in for Sunday, ending the lake effect. Morning lows Sunday could drop below 25 degrees in some areas if the clouds clear out quick enough.

Afternoon highs Sunday will hover around 40 degrees with some sunshine.

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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.