More wind followed by rain for Tuesday

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday october 22 2019 wind rain cold front
Another blustery day will end in rain for the Finger Lakes as a cold front moves through this afternoon. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Another Fall Storm System

A strong area of low pressure over the Midwest is spreading wind and rain throughout the Great Lakes region, including the Finger Lakes.

While nothing more than a few spotty showers have arrived in the Finger Lakes so far, winds increased overnight, especially over the higher elevations near and east of Cayuga Lake. Wind gusts over 45 mph have been reported there with lesser winds elsewhere in the area.

The wind will continue to be blustery through the morning and early afternoon. Wind speeds will increase a little for lower elevations to fall into the 35-45 mph range. During this time, temperatures should peak near or just above 60 degrees.

The wind should decrease once the main area of rain pushes into the region this afternoon. This rain will slowly spread from west to east between 1-5 PM and will last for several hours.

As the rain moves out this evening, temperatures will fall back into the 40s as skies become partly cloudy to mostly clear. Winds will turn to the southwest and a few lake effect rain showers will be possible off Lake Erie, mostly in the Rochester area.

Temperatures Wednesday morning will start in the low and mid 40s. A few of the colder pockets in the western Southern Tier could slip into the upper 30s.

The air on the backside of tonight’s cold front will not be too cool. Under a mix of sun and clouds, high temperatures Wednesday should make it into the low and mid 50s.

The southwest wind will increase after sunrise, especially for areas west of Keuka Lake. The strongest gusts, 40-45 mph, will be between Buffalo and Rochester. Further east, wind gusts should stay near or below 30 mph.

End of Week Weather

By Thursday, a large area of high pressure will set up over the Mid-Atlantic while a second high expands across the Midwest. A mini cold front will set up between these two systems as cool air ahead of the Midwest high clashes with warmer air on the backside of the Mid-Atlantic high.

For Thursday, this boundary should be just north of the Finger Lakes. A few showers may clip the Rochester area and some clouds will mix with sunshine for the rest of the region. Temperatures should approach 60 degrees for many with mid and upper 50s in higher elevations.

Much of Thursday night will be partly cloudy or mostly clear, allowing temperatures to fall to near 40 degrees overnight. Clouds will then build in early Friday with rain showers for the afternoon, especially in the south.

This will result in high temperatures Friday in the mid 40s across the Southern Tier ranging to low 50s along and north of I-90.

Skies will clear Friday night and temperatures will fall well into the 30s for Saturday morning. Saturday looks dry at this point with highs in the 50s. A new storm system will approach on Sunday with increasing winds, especially over higher elevations, and rain late in the day.

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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.