Not much precipitation this week, but not much sun either

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After a few glimpses of the sun today, most o the rest of the week will be cloudy but with low precipitation chances until late Thursday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Fog and Drizzle

The Finger Lakes reside between two weather systems Monday morning.

A large low pressure system is spinning off the Mid-Atlantic coast while a second, dissipating low is over the Upper Great Lakes.

The coastal system is moving away from the region and will not impact our weather directly. The other low will continue to dissipate.

The net result of these two systems will be rather cloudy but generally dry conditions. A few breaks of sun will be possible today, but the chances for sun will be lower tomorrow.

High temperatures today should be near or just above 40 degrees with nearly calm winds. Temperatures this evening will slowly back into the mid and low 30s.

Areas of fog and drizzle will develop, especially where there is still snow on the ground. Even snowless areas should see some fog and drizzle, though.

Some areas will dip below freezing overnight, which could lead to some slick spots of freezing fog or freezing drizzle. These may remain into the morning commute Tuesday before temperatures warm.

Temperatures should top out in the low 40s for most areas Tuesday with more clouds, fog, and drizzle. That will continue into Tuesday night. A few areas may again slip below freezing Tuesday night, resulting in a few more slick roads. Most areas, however, should stay above freezing with lows in the mid 30s.

The Rest of the Week

High pressure will build in for Wednesday and Thursday. This air should be drier, so the fog and drizzle will dissipate and no longer be a concern.

It still does not look overly sunny though, with clouds lingering for much of Wednesday. If we get a sunny period, it will be late Wednesday or early Thursday, before new clouds stream in.

High temperatures on Wednesday will again be near or slightly above 40 degrees. Thursday should be a bit warmer with low and mid 40s. Morning lows will continue to be in the low and mid 30s.

Precipitation will move in Thursday evening as a quick moving system pushes in.  This precipitation should fall as rain Thursday night with rain showers lingering into Friday.

Winds will become blustery on Friday behind the front with northwest gusts of at least 30-40 mph. Temperatures will slowly but steadily drop Friday from the 40s early to the 20s by Friday night.

Another weather system may push our way for later Saturday, but the timing, strength, and possible precipitation types are far too uncertain to comment on at this point.

Temperatures should continue to generally hover near or above 40 degrees for most of the remainder of November. Some day to day variations are, of course, to be expected, but no large, long-lasting cold shots are expected.

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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.