Higher Elevations Most Prone to Gusts
The Finger Lakes region is sandwiched between two strong, but opposite pressure systems.
A large area of high pressure is sinking southeast into New England this morning while low pressure and its associated cold front move through the Upper Great Lakes.
The interaction of these two systems will drive our weather conditions today with mixed results.
Dry air associated with the high and moisture being pushed north by the low are clashing over the region. The air over southwestern New York is significantly moister than the air over the Adirondacks.
As a result of this sharp gradient, the roughly northeastern half of the area is experiencing sunshine this morning while thick low level clouds are sitting in place over southwestern areas.
The status quo should remain in place through the midday hours, but by this afternoon, the sunshine should increase for areas that are cloudy this morning.
Regionwide, southeast winds are blustery, but not yet too strong.
Temperatures will be a product of the cloud cover and winds today. Highs will range from the upper 60s across the cloudy Southern Tier to the mid 70s north of I-90, where the wind flowing downslope will have a warming effect.
Winds will turn to the south and increase this evening as the low moves east quicker than the high pressure system. The Bristol Hills and the hills south of Syracuse will be the most prone to strong winds. Gusts over 40 mph are likely in those areas, with 30-40 mph gusts elsewhere.
Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s and low 60s overnight as clouds increase.
Weekend Weather Forecast
Before the sun rises on Saturday, scattered showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder will move into the Finger Lakes.
On and off showers, mostly light, will then continue through the morning and linger into the early afternoon hours.
These will be triggered by the front that is over the Upper Great Lakes today. By the time it arrives here, there will be very little cool air behind the front.
If some sun works out in the afternoon, temperatures could jump into the mid 70s on Saturday. Otherwise, low 70s are more likely.
Saturday’s winds will not be as strong as Friday night’s and will drop off noticeably during the latter part of the afternoon.
A new high pressure system will slide in for Sunday, bringing quiet weather with it.
Look for a good deal of sunshine and temperatures in the low to perhaps mid 70s. Winds will be light.
A few clouds will be possible late Sunday and into Sunday night as a small disturbance approaches the region. This should touch off a few widely scattered showers Sunday night or Monday.
The remainder of next week looks quiet and mild. Temperatures do not look quite as warm as they had been. Most days should settle in the 70s with perhaps a day or two flirting with 80 degrees.
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