Temperatures moderate Tuesday; Windy Wednesday

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After some morning sun, a deck of thin clouds will filter the sunshine. Temperatures will be around normal. Expect a windy Wednesday tomorrow. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Temps Closer to Normal

South winds on the backside of high pressure located off the coast of New England will keep temperatures closer to normal today.

Most areas are in the mid 20s to start this morning despite mostly clear skies. Normal low temperatures are in the upper 20s, so this is within five degrees of normal.

The same can be said of the expected high temperatures this afternoon. Typical afternoon highs for early April are in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.

Areas near the Thruway should be able to get a degree or two above 50 degrees this afternoon with slightly cooler temperatures to the south. Most areas will be in the upper 40s with a few mid 40s across the Southern Tier and into the higher elevations of Central New York.

The south wind will gust between 25-30 mph today for a breezy, but not excessively windy day.

Thin clouds will filter the sunshine, though a few breaks of clear skies are also likely, especially this morning. No rain or snow will fall today.

Overnight temperatures will be in the low 30s for most areas with a few upper 20s across the Southern Tier and Central New York.

Winds Increase Wednesday

Two low pressure systems will be nearby on Wednesday. A strong low will be located off the coast of New England with a second, weaker low to the north across Canada.

Once the sun rises, the atmosphere will become favorable for strong wind gusts from the west. Top gusts of 40-50 mph will be commonplace. Wind gusts could go as high as 55 mph over higher elevations and in the I-90 Corridor between Rochester and Syracuse.

Skies will have a mix of sun and clouds through the early afternoon. A stray shower may be possible, with the best chance being north of I-90. Skies should become sunnier in the afternoon, though a few clouds will remain possible.

Temperatures will peak near or just above 50 degrees in the early afternoon. The temperature should start to drop during the mid and late afternoon.

The wind will abruptly subside once the sun begins to set with gusts of 20 mph or less overnight. Temperatures will fall back into the upper 20s.

Chilly, then Warm

The Springtime battle of air masses will continue. Temperatures will be chilly on Thursday and Friday with highs around 40 degrees.

Thursday will be dry with increasing cloud cover. On Friday, precipitation will move in during the morning. Some of this could start as snow before changing over to rain. The precipitation should linger much of the day.

Warmer weather will then surge back for several days. High temperatures Saturday should reach into the 50s. Sunday, Monday, and possibly even Tuesday all have a shot at 60 degrees or warmer.

Temperatures should cool back to normal or even slightly below normal levels by the middle of next week.

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