Sunny skies continue through Saturday

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Sunny skies and warming temperatures will make for nice days Friday and Saturday. A storm system rolls in with wind, rain, and a little snow Sunday. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

High Pressure Dominating

Skies are clear, the air is dry, and winds are light beneath high pressure Friday morning.

This has the region off to another cold start with single digits and below zero temperatures.

Unlike the past couple days, temperatures will rebound this afternoon.

Look for highs to reach the mid 30s with ample sunshine continuing through the day. The only clouds in sight should be some thin wisps of clouds high in the atmosphere.

Winds will likewise remain light with only a gentle breeze from the south.

Temperatures will fall again tonight under similar conditions with more single digits for Saturday morning.

Again though, it will be a sunny day and temperatures will bounce back with highs reaching the upper 30s and low 40s.

With high pressure overhead, winds will be calm Saturday until late in the day, when things start to change.

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Wet and Windy into Sunday

Clouds will increase late Saturday as an east wind picks up. The wind will turn to a southeast direction and increase significantly after sunset.

Higher elevations and locations just northwest (downslope) could see gusts of 45-55 mph Saturday night, especially after midnight.

Temperatures will start to drop Saturday evening, only to rise again overnight. By the time precipitation arrives during the predawn hours, most areas will be warm enough for either all rain, or a mix of rain and snowflakes.

Areas east of Cayuga Lake will remain cold enough for snow at the onset with up to an inch or so falling by dawn. A couple inches may fall east of I-81 into Central New York.

Most of the precipitation will fall before dawn with scattered rain showers during Sunday morning and especially the afternoon.

Temperatures will jump into the mid and upper 40s by the early afternoon Sunday. A few places could even hit 50 degrees if enough sun pokes out between the clouds.

Winds will shift to the northwest during the afternoon and temperatures will fall into the upper 30s by evening. Sunday’s winds will be blustery, but not as strong as Saturday night with gusts of 30-40 mph.

Winter Breaking Down

Behind Sunday’s storm system, the air will become cool, but nowhere near as cold as it has been this week.

Monday will have a high temperature in the mid and upper 30s. West-northwest winds will continue to be strong with 35-40 mph gusts throughout the day.

Wind become more northwesterly Monday night and lake effect snow showers and squalls will move south into the Finger Lakes. Most areas will only see a coating to an inch of accumulation.

Tuesday will be the coldest day next week with sunny skies outside of a few lingering snow showers. Highs will top out around 30 degrees.

The second half of next week looks mild as high pressure moves east and another storm system moves through the Upper Great Lakes.

Wednesday should reach the low 40s with highs near 50 degrees on Thursday. Next Friday could be very warm though temperatures will depend on the timing of a warm front and its associated rain and clouds.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.