Sunnier today, but still breezy

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday october 23 2019 sunny breezy lake effect rain showers
With the exception of a few lake effect rain showers off Lake Erie, most of the Finger Lakes will enjoy a good amount of sunshine today. [Photo by Marcia Klue]

Mostly Dry Behind Front

Dry air wrapping around low pressure north of the Great Lakes will result in plenty of sunshine today.

The front that triggered yesterday’s rain is well to the east over New England, but the parent low pressure still remains to our west. Southwest winds are in place and will remain through the day, bringing dry air into the region.

Skies are clear to start today, except for a narrow corridor running from Buffalo to Batavia and into Rochester. Here, lake effect clouds and rain showers off Lake Erie have developed and will remain in place this morning.

The rest of the Finger Lakes will see clear skies gradually mix with small cumulus clouds as the morning transitions into the afternoon. No rain is expected from these clouds.

Wind gusts will build through the morning with top gusts near 30 mph. Areas along and west of I-390 will see some higher gusts with the strongest winds in the immediate Buffalo area.

The wind direction will shift slightly this afternoon, becoming a bit more westerly. The lake effect will be pushed east and dissipate. Still, a few stray showers will be possible along and north of I-90 this afternoon, possibly even as far east as Syracuse.

Winds will lessen during the late afternoon and will become light this evening and overnight.

High temperatures today will be in the low and mid 50s. Temperatures will quickly drop into the 40s after sunset.

Next Systems

Thursday morning would start out colder, but some clouds will start to work in before sunrise and a south wind will begin to increase after midnight. Temperatures after midnight should hold steady in the 40s as a result.

Thursday will be more cloudy than not, though some breaks of sun are expected from time to time. Temperatures will push to near 60 degrees on the strength to the south wind which will only gust to 20-25 mph.

A couple stray showers may pass through the region during the afternoon. These will be possible anywhere but will be most likely near Lake Ontario. These showers will be along a developing cold front that will slowly sag south Thursday night into Friday.

Friday will also be quite cloudy with a better chance for some light rain. This rain is again most likely during the afternoon and seems most likely from about Bath eastward toward Cortland and Binghamton.

Temperatures Friday will be held in check by the cold front and the clouds and showers. Look for highs mostly in the low 50s, though areas that do not see rain could sneak into the mid 50s.

Saturday is looking dry with some sunshine. Temperatures will remain in the low and mid 50s for highs.  Morning temperatures may slip into the 30s, but that will depend on how quickly clouds dissipate Friday night.

Sunday is looking increasingly wet and windy as the next weather system rolls in. Like yesterday, winds will increase first over higher elevations, followed by lower elevations. Then, rain will start to move into the region. Most areas should see over half an inch of rain and some could see over an inch.

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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.