Showers spin around low into the Finger Lakes

finger lakes weather forecast monday march 30 2020
Expect a dreary day Monday with rain showers common throughout the Finger Lakes. Much of the week will remain cloudy and cool, but with fewer chances for rain. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Cool and Dreary Start to the Week

Today will be day three for the large storm system that has been spreading rain into our region since Saturday.

The low pressure is now situated on the other side of Lake Ontario to our north, where it will slowly meander eastward as it weakens.

Since the low is in its weakening phase, the air that has moved in behind yesterday’s thundery front is cooler, but not overly cold.

Temperatures are starting today ranging through the 40s. A rise of only a couple degrees is expected today, and some areas are already at their high mark for the day.

Waves of moisture will rotate around the low and into the Finger Lakes throughout today. Rain will be possible at any time today, though every place in the area should see some time where it is not raining.

The rain will generally be light but may fall steadily for a few hours. Higher elevation fog will also be possible. Rain amounts today will be on the order of one to three-tenths of an inch.

Showers will persist into the evening as temperatures fall to around 40 degrees. A few higher elevation snowflakes may be possible. No snow accumulation is expected.

The rain will become less widespread for Tuesday, but scattered showers will still be spread across the region early on. These will consolidate to the south and west later in the morning, with the best chance for a few afternoon showers coming south and west of roughly a Rochester-Penn Yan-Cortland line.

Temperatures will again settle in the mid and upper 40s. Sunshine is not expected, but clouds will begin to break up Tuesday night.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast monday march 30 2020
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Quiet Second Half of the Week

There is a good chance for sunshine on Wednesday as an area of drier air works into the region.

Temperatures will fall into the 30s by Wednesday morning as the clouds break up. Afternoon highs will be held in check by a northerly breeze, with highs once more in the mid to upper 40s.

Moisture will spin back into the region from the northeast on Thursday. A little sunshine may be possible, but clouds will be much more common. Precipitation is not expected at this time, though a band of rain and mountain snow will rotate through New England and into eastern New York.

Winds Thursday may be on the breezy side, especially for the southern half of the region in the morning, when gusts over 30 mph from the northwest will be possible.

High temperatures Thursday will be, as you may guess, in the mid and upper 40s yet again.

Little change in the overall pattern is expected for Friday. Clouds will still be hanging around, and precipitation will linger just to our east.

Winds will be light, but still from the north. Temperatures may gain a degree or two, with upper 40s more common and a couple places managing to hit 50 degrees.

Saturday will see the return of some sunshine before a small system brings a few showers in for Sunday. High temperatures both days should reach into the 50s.

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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.