Cold Air in Place
A cold front moved through the Finger Lakes last night, bringing in a brief shot of cold air.
Temperatures are in the single digits to start today. Very narrow lake effect bands also remain, mostly over the northern and eastern parts of the region. A few hyper localized areas could see another inch or so this morning.
The lake effect will dissipate during the midday or early afternoon hours as high pressure builds in. Some sunshine will be possible before the afternoon is through.
Northwest winds will be blustery, with gusts of 20-25 mph. Some minor areas of drifting snow are likely as a result.
The northwest winds will also help hold temperatures down. Most areas will see highs today between ten and fifteen degrees.
Winds will calm tonight as skies continue to clear. Temperatures will free fall early on before slowing their decline overnight. Much of the area will be near or below zero by Saturday morning. Cold pockets in the Southern Tier and Central New York could fall below -10. These will mostly be in sheltered valley locations.
While this airmass is cold, especially by this winter’s standards, it is far from extreme. Ithaca’s record lowest maximum temperature for today is 1 degree, set in 1943, and the record low for tomorrow morning is -18, set in 1987. Neither of those records will be even remotely close to being challenged.
As quickly as the cold air set in, it will move back out as south winds kick in on Saturday.
Also aided along by some sunshine, temperatures should rise into the low 30s for most areas west of Cayuga Lake, while areas to the east reach the upper 20s.
Saturday’s sunshine will be filtered by an increase in thin clouds through the afternoon. The thin clouds and south winds will keep temperatures in the 20s Saturday night.
Sunday will have a mix of sun and clouds with no precipitation expected. South winds will continue to push temperatures up with widespread low 40s Sunday afternoon.
Monday will turn cooler as winds turn and some extra clouds move in. Sunshine will still be possible though with highs in the low 30s.
The next weather maker will move in for Tuesday. A little snow or mixed precipitation may fall initially Tuesday morning, but should turn quickly to rain. Temperatures should top out well into the 40s on Tuesday.
Rain will turn back to lake effect snow Tuesday night and will remain in the region into the late week.
Thursday will be cool with highs near 20, but temperatures will again bounce right back, with 30s at least for next Friday.
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