Damp, dreary midweek weather

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday march 24 2020
Morning fog, drizzle, and flurries will gradually dry up, but little to no sunshine is expected until Thursday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Tuesday-Wednesday Weather

The weather system that brought snow and rain to the Finger Lakes on Monday is well to the east, but ample moisture is trapped in the low levels of the atmosphere in its wake.

Areas of fog, drizzle, freezing drizzle, and flurries are scattered about the region early this morning. More of the same can be expected through much of the morning before dry air starts to work in.

It will remain cloudy for most, if not all, of the afternoon. The best chance for a little sunshine to poke through the clouds will be near sunset. The afternoon should be dry though, and the areas of fog will lift.

Winds today will be under 5 mph most of the day, starting from the northwest, then turning to the north.

High temperatures today will mostly be between 40-45 degrees, which is reasonably close to normal for this time of the year. A few higher elevations in Central New York will stick in the upper 30s, while some areas close to the Pennsylvania state line may get above 45 degrees.

Partial clearing will be possible this evening before a new area of cloudiness works in from the southwest. Winds will continue to shift, changing to the east, then southeast.

Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s and low 30s this evening, then remain steady through the overnight.

Another small weather system will pass to our south on Wednesday. Our region will be on the fringe edge of this, with plenty of clouds and a few spotty rain showers. These will be more common the further south you are, with little to nothing falling along and north of I-90.

Wednesday’s temperatures will be warmest along and north of I-90, where the south-southeast winds will warm as they flow downslope off the higher elevations to the south. The clouds may also break up some for these areas, allowing for some sunshine at times. Look for low and even mid 50s in these areas.

South of I-90, temperatures will fall off as one goes further south and east. While Dansville, Penn Yan, and Ithaca will be in the upper 40s, most of the Southern Tier will be in the mid 40s, while the I-81 corridor from about Tully southwards will be in the low 40s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday march 24 2020
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Unsettled, but Warmer

Thursday is the next substantial chance for sunshine, though only for part of the day. After sun in the morning, clouds will thicken for the afternoon as another system presses toward the region.

This system will pass to our north, keeping us on the warm side. With the sunshine and south winds ahead of the system, look for highs Thursday to reach the upper 50s and low 60s.

Precipitation will move in late Thursday afternoon and continue into the evening. A second batch of rain will pass mostly to our south Thursday night and early Friday.

Depending on the speed and path of that second area of rain, most of Friday could end up sunny. However, winds will be from the north, causing temperatures to retreat. Look for highs Friday around 50 degrees, with slightly warmer temperatures in the Southern Tier, and colder temperatures along the shore of Lake Ontario.

Rain returns to the forecast on Saturday as a warm front moves north toward the region. Most of the day will be spent on the cool side of the front with temperatures in the 40s.

At some point, temperatures should jump up into the 50s. This will probably occur late Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rain and gusty winds will coincide with the temperature jump.

A cold front will then move through on Sunday. Blustery winds behind the front will send temperatures falling back into the 40s by Sunday afternoon. A few flurries could fly by the evening hours.

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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.