Inactive weather pattern draws to a close

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Precipitation Returns to the Finger Lakes

Much of Wednesday will be another quiet, cloudy day across the Finger Lakes, but the stagnant pattern is beginning to break down.

Plenty of cloud cover will once again be in place today with little to no sunshine expected.

A few flurries or a bit of drizzle will be possible, especially later this morning, as a small piece of energy rotates around low pressure off the east coast. If anything falls, it will be very minor and insignificant.

Winds will remain nearly calm this morning but will start to increase from the northwest during the midday and afternoon hours.

This should keep temperatures near or just shy of 40 degrees this afternoon.

Temperatures will back to around 30 tonight as winds turn more westerly, then southwesterly.

Clouds should remain in place, though the low, thick clouds should move out Thursday morning as thinner clouds high in the atmosphere move in. Some sunshine may filter through these clouds early on before they thicken up.

Southwest winds will give temperatures a boost on Thursday with highs in the mid and upper 40s. Rain showers will start to arrive as early as the late afternoon and will continue off and on through the night.

After initially dropping to the low 40s, temperatures will jump to near 50 degrees shortly before dawn Friday. From there, it will be a slow and steady drop through the 40s and into the 30s by Friday afternoon.

Rain showers will continue Friday, transitioning to some flurries in the afternoon before ending.

Weekend Weather

Clouds should dissipate Friday night and Saturday may start off with a brief period of sunny skies. New clouds will stream in from the south during the morning, first filtering, then blocking the sunshine.

These clouds will be associated with another weather system that will approach from the southwest. Uncertainty remains with the precipitation type and timing, but currently it looks as though there will be some mixed precipitation, including ice, Saturday night. This should transition to mostly snow Sunday morning.

This is expected to be a weaker system with only minor snow and ice amounts. There is still a chance it could mostly fall as rain, or stay to our south altogether.

High temperatures Saturday should be near 40 degrees before the precipitation arrives.

Snow showers, mixing with some rain, may linger throughout Sunday. Again, the track of the weather system will impact how this unfolds. Temperatures should be somewhere in the 30s.

Temperatures will rise back into the 40s on Monday and could be closer to 50 degrees Tuesday into Wednesday.

There is a high chance for precipitation toward the middle of next week, with cooler weather settling in for Thanksgiving and beyond.

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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.