Mild with a few spits of rain

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Mild temperatures and gusty winds will help erode away at the snow pack Friday and Saturday. Only light rain showers and drizzle are expected until Sunday. [Photo by Nanci McCraine]

Rain Chances This Weekend

The Finger Lakes will have a few chances for a little rain this weekend as a large storm system treks across the southern United States.

A stalled out frontal boundary extends north from this system through the Mid-Mississippi Valley and into the Upper Great Lakes. Scattered showers exist along this feature from Michigan south into Kentucky.

These showers will track northeast today and become removed from the parent storm system. As this happens, they should weaken and dissipate.

The core of this precipitation will pass west and north of the Finger Lakes, mostly staying over Canada. A few drips of rain cannot be ruled out here in the Finger Lakes though, particularly near Lake Ontario.

Otherwise, it will be cloudy and a bit on the breezy side today. Higher elevations in particular may see the south wind gust over 25 mph.

Temperatures will be driven up on those south winds with highs for most areas in the mid 40s. The warmer temperatures and the wind will continue to eat away at the snow pack.

By Saturday morning, high pressure will build into the Finger Lakes from the west while the storm system slowly meanders northeast towards the southern Appalachians.

Our chances for rain will continue to be low with just a few showers and some drizzle. On Saturday, this will be more likely over the Southern Tier.

Overnight temperatures tonight will drop into the mid 30s with highs Saturday near 40 degrees.

Sunday morning, the low will move into West Virginia before redeveloping off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

A wave of precipitation may rotate into the Finger Lakes and dissipate. Parts of the Southern Tier could see a brief period of ice early Sunday morning before rain showers take over.

This is a shift in thinking for Sunday’s weather, which had been expected to stay sunny with precipitation remaining over Pennsylvania. This trend will continue to be monitored.

Over the next few days, higher elevations could also have thick fog at times. Be alert for changing weather conditions.

Looking to Next Week

A cold front will move into the Finger Lakes Monday afternoon with an area of snow showers and blustery northwest winds. It is still very early, but the potential for a squall will need to be monitored.

Lake effect snow should develop behind the front as temperatures drop from highs Monday into the mid 30s to low and mid 20s overnight.

The snow should dissipate on Tuesday. Several inches of snow could fall in the favored areas southeast of Lake Ontario, including Auburn, Skaneateles, and Tully.

Tuesday will otherwise be windy and cold. Highs will stick in the low and mid 20s with gusts of 30 mph. Wind chills will spend the day in the teens.

On Wednesday, however, winds will turn to the south and temperatures will come back up. Highs Wednesday may approach 40 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

Thursday will continue to the warming trend with more widespread 40s.

Attention will then turn to a storm system moving north along the east coast late next week. Watch for hype with this 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.