Quiet couple days as high pressure slides through

finger lakes weather forecast wednesday march 11 2020 sun clouds cooler
The weather will be briefly quieter and cooler today before a windy, rainy system moves in Thursday night. [Photo by Scott Montreuil]

Cooler Today, Milder Tomorrow

High pressure is building into the Finger Lakes behind last evening’s cold front.

Cool air behind the front has temperatures in the 20s this morning. Most areas are still a few degrees above normal though, which is in the low 20s.

Skies are a mix of sun and clouds, but no precipitation is left in the region.

Sunshine will be more likely through the morning hours. Clouds should increase this afternoon as a decaying disturbance in the jet stream moves towards us from the west. Precipitation with this disturbance is expected to dissipate before arriving here, but a stray shower or flurry cannot be 100% ruled out.

Afternoon temperatures will be noticeably cooler than recent days, with highs near or just above 40 degrees. This is very close to the normal highs for today.

Winds will be nearly calm today but will turn to the south as the high passes east tonight. The south winds will remain very light but will hold temperatures near 30 degrees overnight.

Thursday, like today, will have mixed skies with some sunny and some cloudy periods. Overall, though, the clouds should be more plentiful.

South winds will increase during the day with gusts around 25 mph. Temperatures will respond by returning to the 50s, especially for areas west of Canandaigua Lake. A few higher elevations in the I-81 Corridor may stick in the upper 40s.

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Another System Brings Rain, Wind, and Cooler Temps

Our next weather system will push in Thursday night with rain overspreading the region by midnight.

Periods of rain will continue and intensify through the night but will taper off to showers Friday morning.

Temperatures will drop back into the mid and upper 40s Thursday night and will peak in the low 50s Friday morning. Cooler air will then work in, with temperatures falling into the 40s Friday afternoon.

Winds Thursday night will gust between 35-45 mph from the south. Higher elevations could see gusts as high as 50 mph. Winds will turn to the west Friday morning and will continue to gust over 35 mph. Gusts in the northwestern Finger Lakes, including areas such as Geneseo, Rochester, and Canandaigua, may exceed 50 mph.

Skies should be mostly sunny by late Friday afternoon. A new area of high pressure will build in and keep conditions dry through the weekend.

Skies this weekend will be mixed, but sunshine should be more plentiful than cloud cover.

Saturday’s temperatures will be similar to today, with most areas near or just above 40 degrees. Sunday will be cooler though, with highs in the low 30s.

After temperatures return to normal for the early part of next week, there continue to be strong indications of another warm period for the latter half of next week and possibly into next weekend.




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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 four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.