Pleasant Wednesday after morning fog

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday april 17 2019 morning fog sunny nice weather
Watch for areas of fog this morning. Once the fog burns off, it will be a very nice day with mild temperatures, light winds, and sunshine. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Dense Fog Burns Off

Areas of dense fog this morning will burn off and give way to a nice day across the Finger Lakes.

The fog will remain in place into the mid-morning hours. Be prepared to reduce speeds and make sure to use your headlights when traveling this morning.

Once the fog lifts, much of the day should turn out sunny. There will be an increase in thin clouds later in the afternoon.

Temperatures will be warmer than yesterday with most areas approaching 60 degrees. Even nicer, the wind will be minimal, with top gusts under 20 mph throughout the day.

Even though temperatures will be warmer later in the week, today will probably end up as the nicest day thanks to the lack of rain and wind.

Relative humidity values this afternoon will be low, which will slightly increase the brush fire risk. The lack of wind will keep the brush fire risk from becoming a major issue.

Active Weather Returns

A warm front will approach from the southwest tonight, bringing another band of rain showers into the region. The rain should only last a few hours in any given spot, mostly falling during the middle of the night.

Gusty south winds will kick up behind the front as the sun rises on Thursday. Gusts will be between 35-45 mph throughout the day.

Some breaks of sun will be possible on Thursday, along with a spotty afternoon shower or two.

Temperatures should be in the mid and upper 60s. Areas west of Canandaigua Lake could see the low 70s.

Overnight temperatures will remain near 60 degrees as the south wind continues to pump warm air into our region.

Friday will likewise be warm and blustery with highs in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. The chances for rain will increase through the afternoon with rain and thunderstorms likely by the evening.

At this time, severe weather seems less likely, but the potential will be monitored. The risk for locally heavy rain and flooding may be a bigger concern. A relatively narrow area could see persistent heavy rain, resulting in 1-2+ inches of precipitation.

Where this band sets up, if it develops, is still questionable.

Easter Weekend Weather

Low pressure will track near or directly over the Finger Lakes on Saturday. This could lead to some large differences over the region.

Areas to the east of the low may see another day of temperatures pushing 70 degrees. To the west, highs may only be in the 50s.

With the low overhead, rain will be limited to just some scattered showers as the heavier precipitation moves into New England.

Winds will be gusty to the south and east of the low with more 30-40 mph gusts. To the north and west, winds will be lighter.

The exact track of the low will determine where these variations set up, including whether most of the Finger Lakes settles in one regime or the other, or if the area is split in two.

The low will remain nearby on Easter Sunday, keeping some scattered showers in the forecast. Temperatures will be more uniform, but a bit cooler, with highs generally in the upper 50s.

Quieter weather will settle back in for early next week with seasonable temperatures.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.