Warmth Peaks Friday
Temperatures will begin their upward journey today as a broad flow of warmer air dominates the eastern half of the United States.
A small disturbance accompanies the initial push of warmer air lifting through the Great Lakes.
This disturbance will bring some clouds and a perhaps a spit of rain to the Finger Lakes today. The sun may be able to shine through some of the clouds at times.
Rain is most likely across northern areas near Lake Ontario during the midday and early afternoon hours. Showers will become a bit more widespread this evening. Many areas should see little to no rain today.
Temperatures will work into the mid and upper 40s this afternoon.
South winds and partial cloud cover will keep temperatures in the mid and upper 30s overnight.
Thursday will have a mix of clouds and sun with another small chance for a couple rain showers late in the day.
The south wind will begin to become blustery in the afternoon with gusts over 30 mph for western areas and higher elevations.
That wind will drive temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s along and north of I-90 with mid and upper 50s further south.
Gusts will increase Thursday evening, especially in the favored wind belt between Buffalo and Rochester where 45-55 mph gusts are possible.
Temperatures will start Friday morning around 50 degrees. A cold front will enter Western New York and slowly move east.
By midday Friday, much of the Finger Lakes will be near 60 degrees while a sharp drop back into the 40s progresses through the northern and western Finger Lakes.
This front will be accompanied by a few rain showers as it continues to ooze southeast during the afternoon. It may not completely clear the region until the evening.
Back to Normal Temperatures
Behind this front, temperatures will return to seasonal levels for the weekend and next week.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will be a touch below normal with highs stuck in the 30s. Average highs are now rising into the low 40s for comparison.
A few lake effect snow showers will be possible this weekend. These seem most likely early Saturday morning and again Saturday night and early Sunday.
No more than a light coating of snow should fall. Any sunshine that works out between flurries should be enough to melt the snow. No travel concerns are expected.
Monday should turn sunny as high pressure passes through. Behind the high, temperatures will begin to moderate, with low and mid 40s the remainder of next week.
Warmer weather is possible by next weekend with 50s returning, possibly for a prolonged stay.
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