Cooler weather until the Weekend

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Thursday will generally be sunny but on the cool side with temperatures near or just above 40 degrees. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Sunny Thursday, Showery Friday

An area of high pressure will drop southeast across the Finger Lakes Thursday and Thursday night.

This high pressure will keep conditions sunny much of today. Some thin cloud cover will gradually work in later in the day becoming a thin overcast by the late afternoon.

Winds today will come from the northwest, keeping our temperatures slightly below normal. Wind gusts will be between 20-25 mph for areas west of Cayuga Lake, and 25-30 mph for areas to the east.

With the wind coming across Lake Ontario, temperatures will be modified by the influence of the lake.

Areas along the shore, and downwind of the lake in Central New York, will struggle to get to 40 degrees. Low 40s will spread across much of the remainder of the Finger Lakes with mid 40s in the Southern Tier.

The air will be very dry once again today with relative humidity values under 40% this afternoon. With the breezy winds, brush fires will continue to be possible.

Temperatures will drop to around 30 degrees this evening, then hold steady through the overnight as clouds continue to increase.

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Travel conditions across the southeastern Finger Lakes region could be locally slick early Friday morning as snow and/or ice linger. The remainder of the Finger Lakes should see rain with just a couple snowflakes mixing in early.

A batch of precipitation associated with a disorganized warm front will push into the region around sunrise Friday. A few snowflakes may mix in at the onset of the precipitation, but most areas will quickly turn to just rain.

For Chemung, Tioga, Cortland, and the higher elevations of Schuyler and Tompkins counties, a more prolonged period of wintry precipitation will be possible. Very light accumulations of snow and/or ice will be possible which could make some roads a touch slick. These areas, too, should change over to rain by the mid-morning.

Rain showers will taper off in the afternoon with a few lingering into the early evening.

With the clouds and precipitation, temperatures Friday will be around 40 degrees. Some warm air may sneak into the Genesee Valley and Lake Plains between Buffalo and Rochester, where 50 degrees could briefly be possible.

Weekend Warm Up

Saturday will be free from direct influence from any weather systems. Winds will be light and variable as a result, starting from the south, swapping to the northwest, then going calm.

Morning temperatures should start in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. Skies will likely still be cloudy, but the sun will increase through the morning and afternoon.

Afternoon highs should reach well into the 50s with a few of the typically warmer areas pushing towards 60 degrees. Areas along the shore of Lake Ontario will be much cooler as a lake breeze develops.

Winds will remain nearly calm for the first part of the night before aligning more from the south. A light south wind will continue into Sunday.

Skies Sunday will be a mix of sunshine, thin clouds high in the atmosphere, and some lower level puffy cumulus clouds. Precipitation is not expected.

Sunday will be very warm with most areas in the mid and upper 60s. A few 70 degree readings are possible as well.

Temperatures become a bit less certain on Monday as rain is reintroduced to the forecast. Some rumbles of thunder may also be possible.

The temperatures and thunder chances may depend on the track of a weather system moving in from the west. Temperatures should reach the 60s but could go as high as the 70s or stick in the upper 50s. Tuesday is similarly uncertain but less likely to get above 65 degrees and more likely to stay in the 50s.

Cooler air will work back in for the latter part of next week with highs in the mid and upper 40s.

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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.

2 Responses

  1. Kadison

    Drew as always a very helpful forcast this weekend is my bachelor’s party and although we’re not staying in the finger lakes a few of us are traveling from this area down state a bit on Friday night. Keep up the good work!!

    • Meteorologist Drew Montreuil

      You are most welcome…and congratulations!