Sunny but deceptively cool start to April

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Skies will turn sunny today, but blustery north winds will keep it feeling rather chilly. [Photo by Helen Heizyk, Conesus Lake]

Staying chilly

Sunshine will finally return to the Finger Lakes today, but it will look more comfortable outside than it will feel.

A strong low pressure system off the coast of North Carolina will indirectly affect our weather today by turning winds to the north and increasing them.

This will lead to dry air working into the Finger Lakes. Some clouds remain over parts of the region early this morning, but they will break up. By the late morning and midday hours, sun-filled skies should dominate the region.

By then, the winds will kick up with gusts of 25-30 mph. These north winds will hold temperatures in the same range they have been for the last several days with highs in the mid 40s. The gusty winds will make it feel cooler, though.

The wind will decrease this evening. With skies remaining clear, temperatures will fall back to around 30 degrees by midnight. Winds will increase slightly after midnight and a few clouds will start to filter back in, halting the falling temperatures.

There may still be a little sun for the start of Thursday, but clouds will thicken through the morning as the coastal low stalls out off the coast of New England.

Winds will be from the northwest on Thursday, but even more blustery with gusts over 30 mph. The strongest winds will be in the southeastern half of the region where gusts may approach 40 mph.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 40s again. No precipitation is expected until a couple showers sneak in from the east Thursday evening.

There should be a better chance for rain showers on Friday. Winds will be lighter and temperatures will settle in the mid 40s for one final time.

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Warming Trend

A few lingering showers will be possible at the start of the weekend, but skies should gradually brighten up Saturday.

As winds become lighter, the increase in sunshine should lead to an increase in temperatures. Look for highs Saturday in the low mid 50s.

Sunday will be the opposite of Saturday, with sunshine in the morning and some rain showers in the afternoon. These will be along a weak front and are not expected to be overly heavy.

High temperatures Sunday should reach the upper 50s thanks to south winds ahead of the front.

That weather system should move out quickly with a good deal of sunshine for Monday and Tuesday.

There will not be much cool air behind the front, with highs both Monday and Tuesday in the mid 50s. This is very close to the average high temperatures for the first part of April.

Another cold front will move through on Wednesday with showers and perhaps some thunder. A couple days of cooler weather should be expected behind that for the end of next week.

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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.