Cloudy Thursday leads into Nice Friday

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After a lingering morning flurry, the rest of Thursday will be quiet. Some sun and warmer temperatures will move in for Friday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Morning Flurries End

An area of low pressure moved into the Finger Lakes last night with some light snow showers.

A weak cold front associated with the low will clear the area early this morning. Behind the front, dry air will end the chance for additional snow.

The rest of today will be uneventful. Skies will remain cloudy and temperatures will change little, rising from the low 30s into the mid 30s.

Skies will clear after sunset, but winds will turn to the southwest. Temperatures will only fall into the upper 20s for most areas as a result.

Friday will be a nice day with sunshine filtered by some thin overcast.

Temperatures will push into the mid and upper 40s as the southwest wind continues to pump warm air northward.

Winds will turn easterly Friday evening as an area of low pressure approaches from the south. With the warm air cut off, temperatures will slip back into the low and mid 30s rather quickly Friday evening.

Weekend Weather

This next low will track from the Mid-Atlantic to the New England coast. Precipitation will just clip the eastern and southern portions of the Finger Lakes.

Most of this may fall before the sun rises Saturday. A few rain showers may linger into the morning. Initially, some snow may mix with the rain.

Areas most likely to see any meaningful precipitation will be along and east of Corning to Cortland line.

Some sun will work out in the afternoon behind the morning clouds, propelling temperatures into the mid 40s.

By Sunday, the low will be east of Maine and strengthening. Some limited moisture wrapping around the backside of the storm will work into the Finger Lakes.

All this should cause is cloudy skies and a few snowflakes Sunday, mostly in the morning. Accumulations are unlikely.

High temperatures Sunday will be in the mid 30s. Wind gusts to 35 mph will make it feel like the 20s though.

Next Storm Tuesday

The next major storm system to impact the Finger Lakes will come at the region Tuesday.

With this system still many days away, the details are sketchy. Forecasts saying otherwise should not be trusted at this point.

Among the uncertainties regarding this system will be cold air out ahead of the system and a second low developing to our southeast. Both scenarios could bring wintry precipitation to the area, depending on their evolution.

It is possible that most if not all precipitation falls as rain though.

Strong winds will be a possibility again, but the intensity of the wind will depend on the storm track and evolution.

Most likely, this will not be a major or disruptive storm. Stay tuned through the weekend and beyond by signing up for email notifications of my blog posts using the form below.

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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.