Weak systems keep weather active for the Finger Lakes

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The weather this week will continue to be active with plenty of day to day variety. [Photo by Lisa Miller]

First System Tuesday

The Finger Lakes region is sandwiched between two low pressure systems to start the week.

The first of these low is to our east off the coast of New England and will have no direct impacts on our weather. Second is a low over the Midwest that will move through late Tuesday.

Light north winds have set up between the coastal low and an area of high pressure over Canada. Some moisture is also caught up between the low and the high and is manifesting itself as some stubborn cloud cover.

I feel these clouds will be with us for much of the day, though breaks of sunshine will become increasingly likely towards the afternoon.

The clouds and northerly flow will keep temperatures near normal for this point in April. Normal daily highs are around 60 degrees, which should be about where we end up today.

No rain is expected today or tonight.

Overnight, skies will continue to clear partially. Areas of fog may develop and persist into Tuesday morning. A strengthening south wind during the morning should remove the fog before too long.

Sunshine during the morning and midday hours will be replaced by clouds in the early afternoon. Some showers may work through during the mid and late afternoon with a better chance for rain during the evening. A few rumbles of thunder may also be possible.

Temperatures will be in the low 70s on Tuesday thanks to the sun and south winds. If the sun holds out longer into the afternoon, mid 70s will be possible.

A cold front will move through Tuesday night, followed by blustery west and northwest winds. Top gusts around 35 mph will occur before sunrise with gusts of 25-30 mph during the day Wednesday.

Wednesday will remain rather cloudy. Some late day sun may come out. There could be a stray shower or flurry during the morning and early afternoon hours, but any precipitation that falls will be minimal. High temperatures will struggle to get beyond 50 degrees.

End of Week and Weekend Weather

A compact weather system will take aim at the Finger Lakes on Thursday. Given the small size of this system, it remains uncertain how much of an impact it will have on our weather.

Currently, the morning and midday hours Thursday look dry with some sun possible. Clouds will increase during the afternoon with a small area of rain arriving by evening. Several hours of steady rain could fall, but amounts should remain insignificant. A slight shift in the track of the low would take the rain out of the area.

Temperatures Thursday should get a boost back into the 60s ahead of the system, while Friday returns to the 50s behind it.

Friday will be rather cloudy with scattered showers lingering across the area. Saturday looks dry at this time, but more scattered showers may be possible towards Sunday.

Temperatures Saturday will likely struggle to reach 50 degrees again. Sunday’s highs are very uncertain at this point in time.

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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.