Pair of cold fronts usher in shot of cool air

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A brief period of rain is likely this morning, followed by cooling temperatures this afternoon. The cool air will not last more than a couple days with 60s likely by Friday.

Day of Change

It is another nice morning in the Finger Lakes with temperatures starting the day well into the 40s.

A mix of sunshine, clouds, and a few areas of fog are present this morning.

Lurking just to the northwest, however, is a band of rain along a cold front. As of 7AM, this rain was just about to cross from Canada into far western New York as it crosses Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

This rain will track across the Finger Lakes during the mid and late morning hours. The rain should not be heavy and will not last long.

Out ahead of the rain, temperatures will rise into the upper 50s for the western Finger Lakes and into the low 60s for the central and eastern Finger Lakes.

Winds ahead of the front will be blustery with gusts as high as 40-45 mph. These winds will be from the west.

By the early afternoon, the rain band will be exiting the eastern Finger Lakes. As it approaches about the I-81 corridor, it should strengthen, possibly into some thunderstorms as it heads into Central New York. A few of these could tap into the strong winds and enhance them.

Back in the Finger Lakes, temperatures this afternoon will drop into the low and mid 50s. Sunshine will mix with clouds and a stray shower or two will remain possible.

A second front will drop south this evening with a few more showers. These will linger into Wednesday morning as they change over to flurries. Temperatures will drop to the low 30s by sunrise.

Quickly Warming Again

Wednesday will be a chilly day. Northwest winds will gust over 20 mph, keeping temperatures in check.

Highs Wednesday afternoon will reach the low and mid 40s. This is about ten degrees below normal.

Morning flurries will dissipate with no accumulations expected. Some breaks of sun are likely in the middle of the day, followed by a deck of thin overcast during the afternoon.

These clouds will be associated with a new front that will creep northward on Thursday. A couple stray showers may accompany the front, but most areas will probably remain dry.

The front is not expected to make it all the way into the Finger Lakes on Thursday, so high temperatures will again be stuck in the 40s. Temperatures could end up in the upper 40s if some sun works out, or only in the low 40s if there is precipitation.

By Friday morning, the front will be to our north and warm air will flood back into the region. The south wind will be strong on Friday, with gusts over 40 mph for all areas and over 45 mph for higher elevations.

Temperatures Friday should reach into the 60s, though some afternoon showers could put a limit on the warming.

Saturday, too, should be very warm with highs well into the 60s. The chances for precipitation look less.

Sunday is less certain. An area of low pressure to the south may spread steady rain into the area. If that is the case, temperatures would settle in the 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.