Showers diminish, but clouds linger

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday march 31 2020
Fewer rain showers are expected today, but clouds will remain thick. A sunny day is expected Wednesday before another period of clouds. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Weakening Low

The low pressure system from the weekend remains stalled out over Lake Ontario as it continues its weakening trend.

The system is losing its ability to produce rain, so today should be much drier than yesterday. Still, a few showers will pop up from time to time, especially in the southern half of the region and especially in the afternoon.

Otherwise, it will be a cloudy day with nothing more than a few rare glimpses of the sun very late this afternoon.

Temperatures this morning are near or just below 40 degrees. About 5-7 degrees of warming should take place today, with highs in the low and mid 40s.

Winds will be light with speeds under 5 mph. What wind there is will come in from the northeast and east.

Clouds will break up a little more overnight, but most areas will still be cloudy at dawn Wednesday. Skies will then turn sunny in the morning. Mostly clear skies will continue through the afternoon and evening.

The sunshine will be counteracted by a breezy north wind. Gusts may approach 30 mph during the afternoon hours.

The wind will keep temperatures in check. After starting in the low and mid 30s, highs will reach the mid 40s Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures Wednesday night will fall to near or slightly below 30 degrees.

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Cloudy and Cool to End the Week, Too

Another area of low pressure, which is over Mississippi this morning, will end up off the coast of New England by Thursday. The low should stall out, not moving substantially until the latter half of the weekend.

Clouds will spin back into the Finger Lakes on Thursday and remain in places for several days.

No precipitation is expected from the clouds on Thursday, but some scattered rain showers are possible by Friday.

With no precipitation, but a northwest wind, Thursday’s highs will again be in the mid 40s. Friday will be cooler if it rains, with highs in the low 40s.

The chances for rain should diminish for Saturday, but plenty of cloud cover is expected to remain in place. Winds may swing around to the south in advance of a new weather system, giving temperatures a slight boost. Most areas should be able to reach 50 degrees.

Low and mid 50s are possible on Sunday as south winds continue ahead of a cold front. Showers along the front will move through late in the day. The precipitation with this system does not look heavy.

Next week looks to be active with multiple systems passing through. For the most part, these look to be small, weaker systems. Temperatures look warmer, though.

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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.