Gusty winds behind morning cold front

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Rain will move out this morning and be replaced by gusty winds, falling temperatures, and eventually some sunshine. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Windy and Cooling Down

A cold front over Western New York will move east through the Finger Lakes this morning.

Much of the rain ahead of this front has already fallen (as of 7am), but additional showers are likely until the front passes through. The rain should end by 10 or 11 am.

Temperatures will peak around that time as well in the low to perhaps mid 50s.

Once the front moves through, winds will turn to the west and northwest and increase. The strongest winds will be over the northern and western Finger Lakes, where the National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisories. A few gusts over 50 mph are likely.

The winds will gradually decrease to the south and east, with gusts in the 35-45 mph range.

By the afternoon, some sun will start to mix in with the clouds. Eventually, the sun will win out with mostly clear skies by sunset. By this time, temperatures will have steadily fallen through the afternoon to the low 40s and upper 30s.

The wind will keep temperatures from falling too far tonight despite clear skies. Lows will range from the low 30s along I-90 to the mid 20s in the higher elevations of the Southern Tier.

Saturday will have a few morning clouds that will dissipate, only to be replaced by thin overcast during the afternoon.

Winds will be blustery in the morning but will decrease in speed throughout the day. High temperatures will be in the low 40s for most, with a few higher elevations in the upper 30s, and a few mid 40s in the Southern Tier between Bath and Binghamton.

High pressure from Canada will build east Saturday night, turning winds to the north. This will reinforce the cool air overhead for Sunday.

After morning lows in the low and mid 20s, afternoon highs will range from the low 30s (north) to the upper 30s (near the PA state line), despite abundant sunshine.

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Next Week’s Weather

Temperatures will return to more typical, if not a touch above normal mid-March levels for the first part of next week.

Highs on Monday will mostly be in the mid 40s. Tuesday will add a couple more degrees with upper 40s. On both days, higher elevations in both the west and east will be about 5 degrees colder.

Monday will be a dry day with sunshine, but another front will swing through on Tuesday. This will touch off a few rain showers. Some of those may mix with snow if they arrive soon enough in the morning, or linger late enough into the evening.

Wednesday will turn sunny with temperatures in the mid and upper 30s. High pressure will pass overhead during the afternoon and then to our east by the evening.

South winds behind the high will quickly increase on Thursday as another healthy weather complex races in behind the high. Rain should arrive by the afternoon with temperatures ending up somewhere in the 40s and 50s.

A second part of the weather complex may push in for Friday with more rain. Early indications are that a sharp front may set up, with temperatures in the 40s to the north, but 60s or even 70s to the south. It is therefore far too early to tell which side of the front we may end up on.

The weather should quiet down for next weekend as high pressure builds back in with cool temperatures for a day or two.

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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.