Week starts with normal temperatures but ends chilly

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Monday and Tuesday will have sunshine and comfortably seasonable temperatures, but another batch of cool, raw weather is on the way. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Pleasant Monday-Tuesday

High pressure is building into the region and will bring a couple quiet, sunny days to start the new week.

There are a few scattered patches of clouds early this morning. These should burn off quickly as the sun rises higher in the sky and high pressure continues to move east.

Sun-filled skies are expected throughout the day with just a few other, thin clouds drifting through from time to time. These thin clouds will be more likely later in the day and into the evening.

Temperatures will be close to the seasonal averages today, with highs in the low and mid 50s.

Overnight lows will dip into the low and mid 30s for the start of Tuesday. Clouds will be more numerous tomorrow, but there should still be plenty of sunshine.

Winds will be nearly calm much of the day. Temperatures will be several degrees warmer than today, with highs in the upper 50s and low 60s. The warmest readings will be found across the Southern Tier.

Scattered rain showers will move in Tuesday night and linger into Wednesday morning as a small low pressure system crosses southeast through our region.

Much of Wednesday will be cloudy, but some late sunshine may break through. Northwest winds will be in place behind the low, with highs ranging from the upper 40s to the northeast, to the mid 50s in the southwest.

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Cold, Windy End of the Week

A second, stronger low pressure system will impact the region Thursday and Friday.

This low will track northeast across southern Ontario early Thursday as it strengthens, stall over northern New York late Thursday, and then creep into northern New England on Friday.

This is a favorable path for high winds in the Finger Lakes. Winds will increase Thursday morning before peaking Thursday afternoon. Gusts of 45-55 mph will be possible, coming from the west.

Wind gust will drop to the 30-40 mph range Thursday night, but increase to 40-50 mph for Friday. Friday’s winds will be from the northwest.

Thursday will be a rainy day as the system passes by, especially during the morning hours. By the afternoon, higher elevations may start to see some snow mix in. Lower elevations will stay all rain with highs in the mid 40s.

Precipitation will become all snow Thursday night and continue into early Friday. A coating of white will be possible in lower elevations, while higher elevations could see a slushy inch or two.

The snow will taper off Friday morning, and dry air should break up the clouds late in the afternoon. Temperatures will manage to reach the low and mid 40s for all but the highest elevations.

Clearing skies will lead to a cold Saturday morning with lows well into the 20s. Some sunshine and southwest winds will help push afternoon temperatures back to the low 50s.

Precipitation may move back in on Sunday with widespread rain possible. Temperatures should reach 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 and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.