Temperatures peak Tuesday before steady decline the rest of the week

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Clouds will thicken even as temperatures reach their high point of the week, a sign of cooler, unsettled weather to come. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Time of Transition

High pressure is bringing us sunny skies this morning, but an active weather pattern will usher in a period of unsettled, cool weather.

The first system to move through will be a low pressure moving along a front that is draped from the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic.

As this system draws near, clouds will increase this afternoon. The clouds will be thin at first, but will gradually thicken into an overcast.

Still, the sunshine this morning should help push temperatures to near 60 degrees this afternoon. Today will be the warmest day of the week.

Rain showers, and perhaps a rumble of thunder, will move through this evening, especially after 9 PM. Most of the rain should be through the area by 2 AM.

Clouds and perhaps a few showers, some drizzle, or some fog will linger into Wednesday morning. During the afternoon, clouds will break up and the day should end sunny.

Temperatures are looking warmer than they were expected to be yesterday, with 50s throughout the region.

Wet, Windy, and a Bit of White

Temperatures will stay in the 40s Wednesday night and may even rise to around 50 degrees shortly after dawn Thursday.

However, a strong cold front will move through during the morning with a band of steady moderate rain. If the rain arrives more towards the late morning, a little thunder would be possible.

The front will quickly send temperatures in the low 40s and upper 30s as strong west-northwest winds develop. Gusts of 40-45 mph will be common through the afternoon, with a few higher elevations in the Southern Tier hitting 50 mph.

A few showers, or flurries, will be possible behind the front, but most of the afternoon should be fairly dry. The chances for snow should increase Thursday night into Friday morning as moisture wraps into the region.

A coating of snow is possible throughout the region, with some higher elevations seeing a couple of slushy inches.

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Winds will remain strong on Friday from the northwest. The number of gusts reaching 50 mph should increase, especially in the southern half of the region.

Temperatures Friday will be in the upper 30s with some higher elevations failing to even reach 35 degrees.

Weekend Weather and Beyond

Clouds will linger through much of Saturday, but precipitation will be limited to a few flurries near dawn. Some sunshine should work out late in the day.

Temperatures will bounce back slightly with highs in the mid 40s. Sunday will be much warmer as south winds push temperatures through the 50s and possibly toward 60 degrees.

After some early sun on Easter Sunday, clouds will increase and rain will arrive late in the day.

Southerly winds will increase Sunday night into Monday, keeping temperatures mild. Monday should see highs at least in the 50s, but depending on how the weather system evolves and whether any sun works its way out, Monday could be much warmer.

The warm weather will not last as a strong cold front moves through Monday night. Most of next week will be spent with well below normal temperatures, which includes the chances for more snow showers.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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.