Cold front meanders east, resets weather

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A cold front will move east through the Finger Lakes today, but more warm temperatures will precede the front’s arrival. [Photo by Scott Montreuil, Niles]

Cold Front Friday

A cold front is creeping its way east across the Finger Lakes today, but it remains very warm just ahead of the front.

The front has progressed into the western Finger Lakes this morning. A band of light rain showers exists just ahead of the front and will move through the Finger Lakes early this morning.

The colder air will stall out or even retreat a bit to the west as the morning goes on and temperatures rise.

Most of the Finger Lakes will remain in the 50s through the morning and into the early afternoon. The best chance for temperatures to exceed 60 degrees will be in the south and east for areas such as Elmira and Ithaca.

Gradually, cold air will seep in from the west and north, causing temperatures to fall back into the 40s through the afternoon. A few 50s may hold on until sunset in the same southeastern areas that should see 60 degrees today.

Most of the day will be dry behind the initial band of showers this morning. Periods of sunshine are even likely.

Showers will move back in this evening, eventually turning to flurries from west to east.

Southwest winds will be blustery through the day, but most areas should not see gusts over 40 mph.

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Colder Weekend Weather

Scattered snow showers will continue into Saturday morning with a few flurries even persisting into the afternoon.

Snow accumulations should be limited to perhaps an inch in a couple localized areas. Most of the snow that falls will melt during the afternoon, especially if any sun comes out.

Temperatures will drop to around 30 degrees Saturday morning and only rise to the mid 30s during the afternoon.

Northwest winds will be gusting between 40-45 mph, however, keeping wind chills in the 20s.

Sunday morning will start cooler with morning lows in the lower half of the 20s. Afternoon highs will be in the low and mid 30s.

Winds will be a bit less with top gusts around 30 mph. Still, that will keep wind chills in the 20s once again.

Lake effect snow looks limited to the favored areas southeast of Lake Ontario Again, accumulations will be very minor.

A few more flurries will be possible early Monday before high pressure brings sunshine for the afternoon, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday.

Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will stick in the low and mid 30s, but Wednesday should jump into the mid 40s.

Quiet weather conditions and seasonable or above normal temperatures seem likely to persist into next weekend and beyond.

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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.