Temperatures this weekend get warm enough for rain

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Skies will remain cloudy through the weekend with rain likely Saturday afternoon and evening.

Saturday Rain

Despite the record-breaking cold on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, temperatures are on the rise for the weekend as gusty south winds accompany an incoming storm system.

Clouds are thick across the Finger Lakes Saturday morning in advance of this system. Precipitation is not expected to enter the region until the midday hours.

By then, temperatures will have risen from the mid and upper 20s this morning into the mid and upper 30s. Temperatures will peak at around 40 degrees this afternoon.

Rain will spread from west to east during the first part of the afternoon. By 3 PM, all the Finger Lakes should see at least some rain.

Periods of rain will continue into the late afternoon before tapering to showers for the evening hours. Showers will be more numerous the further east you are, but all areas should see at least a little rain after dark.

Rain amounts should be around a half inch. Localized areas to the east of Seneca Lake could see as much as three-quarters of an inch while areas to the west may see less than a half-inch.

The rain will depart during the overnight period.

Quiet Sunday, Next Storm Monday

Sunday will be tranquil as an area of high pressure passes through.

However, the next storm system will be approaching already. This will keep skies cloudy throughout Sunday.

The good news is that south winds will continue, pushing high temperatures into the mid 40s after starting in the mid 30s.

No precipitation is expected on Sunday.

Southeast winds will increase Monday morning with gusts over 30 mph possible. Rain will also move in and continue into the afternoon.

By Monday evening, winds will turn to the west and northwest and colder air will seep back in. Snow will mix in over higher elevations first with most areas seeing snow showers by Tuesday morning.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be windy with snow showers. The chances for snow look higher on Wednesday as winds come from the north over Lake Ontario.

High temperatures on Monday will be in the low 40s, but Tuesday and Wednesday will retreat through the 30s.

Quiet, cool weather is then expected for the end of the week and the weekend.

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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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.