Warmer, but Still Below Normal
A warm front is lifting through the Finger Lakes this morning, taking the edge off the recent chill.
The air over the region is very dry. Most of the snow falling along the front is therefore not reaching the ground. Still, a few flakes here and there are possible through the morning hours.
Besides the flurries, it will just be a cloudy morning and early afternoon.
Temperatures have already been rising overnight and will continue to do so. As of 7 am, most areas were in the mid and upper 20s. By this afternoon, highs should reach the mid 30s. This is still 10-15 degrees below the average high for the day.
The clouds should break up some this afternoon, letting in some sunshine. South winds will gust over 20 mph at times.
Winds will turn to the southwest tonight and some clouds will reenter the region. Temperatures will drop into the mid 20s across the Southern Tier and southern Finger Lakes, while areas along and north of I-90 remain in the low 30s.
Friday should be more cloudy than sunny, but temperatures will continue to improve. Look for afternoon highs mostly in the upper 30s. A few places could get above 40 degrees, especially in the Southern Tier between Elmira and Binghamton. Higher elevations, meanwhile, may only just get to or above 35 degrees.
Another Cold Front
Friday evening, a cold front will drop south across the region. Like the warm front today, this front will have a difficult time producing precipitation. A few snow showers are expected, but with no accumulation.
Skies will become mostly clear behind the front Friday night. Cold air will build back in on north and northeast winds. The northeast winds will produce a few lake effect clouds for the Rochester area.
By Saturday morning, temperatures will be well into the mid and lower teens. A few pockets of single digit temperatures are also possible.
Saturday will be sunny throughout the day with light winds. However, highs will only be in the mid 20s for most of the region. Parts of the Southern Tier, again between Elmira and Binghamton, could push toward 30 degrees.
Saturday night looks even colder with more areas falling into the single digits. Topography and proximity to lakes will play a large role in the temperatures.
Sunday should be sunny though a few clouds may sneak in later in the day. Temperatures will get a boost with highs in the upper 30s.
Temperatures should remain in the 35-45 degree range for most of next week and, with a few exceptions, for the foreseeable future.
This also means that there is no accumulating snow in the near future. Some rain and snow showers may be possible toward the middle and end of next week, though.
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