Temperatures start to turn around

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The arctic cold will start to relinquish its grip on the Finger Lakes today with a big turn around in temperatures this weekend. [Photo by Pete Smith]

Warming Trend

Very cold temperatures are widespread once again across the Finger Lakes Friday morning.

However, the core of the coldest air is beginning to depart our area and a warming trend will push our temperatures into the 40s this weekend.

The cold will lose its subzero sting rather fast this morning under bright, sun-filled skies.

Many areas will warm into the mid teens this afternoon. Winds will also be very light today, with top gusts under 20 mph.

Calm winds and mostly clear skies will drop temperatures in a hurry tonight with most places a couple degrees on either side of zero.

Winds will increase overnight and some thin cloud cover will work in. Temperatures will rise several degrees by dawn Saturday.

Saturday will in turn be noticeably different across the Finger Lakes. Temperatures will be above normal with highs near or just shy of 40 degrees.

Skies will be a mix of filtered sun and clouds, but no precipitation is expected.

Some spotty flurries, drizzle, or freezing drizzle may develop Saturday night and early Sunday, especially over Central New York and close to Lake Ontario.

Sunshine will try to break through the clouds Sunday afternoon. Temperatures should at least reach the mid and upper 40s.

Next Week’s Weather Preview

The warm weather should peak on Monday when we have our best shot at 50-degree weather. How warm it gets will depend on how much sun shines and remains uncertain at this time.

A cold front will move through Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Rain showers will accompany the front.

At this time, a heavy rain event does not seem to be in the works with less than two-tenths of an inch of precipitation expected.

Tuesday will be blustery as temperatures fall, but any precipitation will be limited to the early morning. Most of the day will still have temperatures above 30 degrees.

After a quiet Wednesday, an area of low pressure will pass by to the north later in the week.

With its current projected path, precipitation could start with some ice, turn to rain, then end as snow. Strong winds will also be possible. It remains very early, though, so there is a lot that can change between then and now.

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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.