Cool, showery Friday ahead of warmer weekend

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Friday will be a cool, rainy day, but temperatures will bounce back to average for the weekend. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Low Pressure Rotates Rain Westward

A very large area of low pressure is spinning off the coast of New England as it drifts west-southwestward.


Moisture associated with the low is rotating back to the west. Already some precipitation has gone through the Finger Lakes early this morning.

Widespread rain over eastern New York will push toward our region, arriving later this morning. This precipitation should break up and weaken as it arrives, sparing us from a soaking rain.

Still, on and off light rain is likely with periods of drizzle between individual showers. Some higher elevations may even see snowflakes mix in at times.

Temperatures will only rise a few degrees with highs around or just above 40 degrees. A few higher elevations may not even reach 40.

Precipitation will diminish this evening and end overnight. However, thick clouds will remain in place deep into Saturday. Sunshine will not start to poke through the overcast until very late in the afternoon, and many places will probably see no sunshine at all tomorrow.

As the low finally turns east and pulls away, the supply of cool air will be cut off. Winds Saturday will be very light, allowing milder air to creep back northward. Look for high temperatures Saturday afternoon to be right on the average in the low 50s.

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A Few Comfortable Days

Sunday will have a mix of sun and clouds and perhaps a shower as a decaying front slides through. This front will not have any significant impact on our weather.

Temperatures on Sunday should best Saturday by a couple degrees with highs in the mid 50s.

High pressure will pass over the region Sunday night and move to the southeast early Monday. A southwesterly flow of air behind the high will make Monday our warmest upcoming day with highs around 60 degrees.

Skies Monday will be a mix of sunshine and some clouds. The clouds mostly look thin in nature at this time.

Tuesday and Wednesday both look sunny, but a low pressure passing to the south will need to be watched. If the low tracks further north, it could end up cloudy with precipitation late Tuesday into Wednesday.

Assuming both days are sunny and precipitation free, highs Tuesday should reach the mid 50s, while Wednesday will drop into the 40s in the northerly flow behind the low.

Late next week will go back to a cool, unsettled pattern that should linger into the weekend. In fact, most of April is looking cool with below normal temperatures becoming the norm.

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