Cloudy and cool behind cold front, but just for today

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Each day this week will have different weather conditions. Today, it is cool, cloudy weather, but tomorrow will be sunny and warm. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Cool Today, Warm Tomorrow

The Finger Lakes will be cool and cloudy for a change today, but it will be back to warm, sunny weather on Wednesday.

A cold front moved through last night as low pressure tracked across our region. That low is now situated over Maine and will continue to drift eastward today.

A lobe of energy rotating around the low is coming across Lake Ontario. This is kicking up some lake enhanced rain showers, mostly to the north and east of Syracuse, out of our region.

The chance for showers will increase slightly this morning as the energy rotates south. Central New York and areas east of Rochester along Lake Ontario will have the best chance for showers. Further west, only a few isolated sprinkles are expected, if even that.

Showers will diminish during the midday hours with no rain expected this afternoon and evening.

Outside of the showers, there will be thick clouds through the morning. These clouds will gradually break up during the afternoon, but most areas should see some sun before it sets.

Northwest winds will gust between 25-30 mph much of the day. This will help hold temperatures down, with highs in the mid 60s.

Overnight, skies should become mostly clear with some areas of fog. Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s and low 50s. Winds will turn to the south and southwest, which should put a limit on how chilly it gets.

Wednesday will end up the opposite of today. The southwest wind and bright, sun-filled skies will boost temperatures in a hurry. Expect a rise of 25-30 degrees from the morning as afternoon highs push into the mid and upper 70s.

Weather Stays Variable

Unlike last week, where the day-to-day variations in the weather were nearly non existent, this week is shaping up to have different weather every day.

After Wednesday’s sun, clouds will roll back in for Thursday as a new frontal system approaches. A few rain showers could move in as early as Wednesday night.

A band of steadier and heavier rain is expected along the front. This should travel west to east during the late morning and early to mid afternoon hours on Thursday. Precipitation amounts over a half-inch, but less than one inch, are possible.

Temperatures Thursday morning may approach 70 degrees, but most of the afternoon will be spent in the mid 60s as it rains.

Friday will dry out as morning clouds give way to a sunny afternoon. Winds will turn back to the south and temperatures will settle into a not-too-cold, not-too-warm range with highs in the low 70s.

The details for the weekend’s weather are still a bit fuzzy. It looks like another front will push south across the area on Saturday. This will touch off a few showers and perhaps a couple thunderstorms. Right now, the chances for rain are highest across the Southern Tier, but that is subject to change. Temperatures Saturday will depend on the timing of the front.

Sunday at this point looks dry with some sunshine and comfortable temperatures in the low 70s. A change in Saturday’s front’s speed or position could alter that forecast.

Early next week looks warm, and possibly hot, before a big cool-down for next weekend.

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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.