Quiet weather extends through much of the week


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Clouds and sun will alternate this week but the only precipitation expected will be a little light snow Tuesday night. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Week Forecast Details

The weather this week will be dominated by a quiet weather pattern, but there will still be subtle variations from day to day.

After a sunny Sunday, clouds have returned to the Finger Lakes for Monday morning. These clouds are out ahead of a weak, moisture starved cold front that extends from central Canada into northern New England.

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This front will not move much today, but the cloud cover this morning should break up slightly for the afternoon. Areas east of Cayuga Lake have the best chance for sunny skies while areas further west will see just occasional glimpses of sunshine. No precipitation is expected.

Temperatures will be slow to move today, rising from morning lows in the mid 20s to afternoon highs in the low 30s. Overnight temperatures will drop back to around 20 degrees.

On Tuesday, an area of low pressure will track along this front. Like the front itself, this low will have little moisture to work with. Still, some snow showers are expected after sunset on Tuesday with an inch or less of accumulation overnight.

Before that snow arrives, areas in the south and east, such as Elmira, Ithaca, and Cortland could see a little morning sun before clouds increase. High temperatures Tuesday will reach the mid 30s.

Wednesday will have varying amounts of cloud cover with more sun than clouds for Thursday. No additional precipitation is expected either day.

Temperatures on Wednesday behind the low pressure system will reach a high of about 30 degrees. Thursday will be warmer, topping out in the upper 30s.

Forecast confidence declines late in the week as a storm system organizes over the Southeastern United States. Friday will likely be cloudy but dry in advance of this system with temperatures near or above 40 degrees.

If precipitation reaches the Finger Lakes from this system, it would likely do so on Saturday. Confidence is very low on what type or precipitation would fall or how much. A complete miss is also possible.

Continue to check in with Finger Lakes Weather throughout the week for a no-hype analysis of this possible weekend weather system.

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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.