Prolonged pattern of chilly weather sets up

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday april 14 2020
A mix of sun and clouds today will precede a subtle cold front tonight that will reinforce the cool air moving into the region. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Below Average Temperatures This Week

A long duration cool spell kicks off in the Finger Lakes today.

Yesterday’s storm system has lifted well to the north over Canada, while a large, sprawling high pressure system sits over the center of the nation.

Between these two systems, a belt of cool air is moving from central Canada, into the Midwest, across the Great Lakes, and into the Finger Lakes. Within this belt, a few small weather systems and fronts will pass through in the coming days.

To start off today, however, we have a mix of sun and clouds with dry conditions. The sun will mix with clouds through the morning before the clouds become thicker this afternoon. Even then, some filtered sunshine will be possible.

Temperatures today will reach the upper 40s, with mid 40s in the typically cooler hilltops. These temperatures will be the warmest we will see until the weekend.

A subtle cold front will slide through this evening with a few stray showers or flurries. Only about half of the area should see precipitation tonight between 10 PM and 2 AM.

Morning lows Wednesday will reach the upper 20s. Thursday morning will be even chillier, with lows in the mid 20s.

Wednesday and Thursday will both have a chance for on and off rain and snow showers as subtle weather disturbances pass through. None of the precipitation should be heavy and the snow should not accumulate outside of a light dusting during the night time or early morning hours. High temperatures both days will be in the low 40s, some 10-15 degrees below the average high.

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A Small Moderation for the Weekend

On Friday, the belt of active weather should sag south with rain and snow across Pennsylvania. If this remains the case, skies will be cloudy in the Finger Lakes, but temperatures will be able to gain a couple degrees. Right now, highs appear to be in the mid 40s. However, a cooler day with precipitation is not out of the question.

Some sunshine should return for Saturday and winds will take on a more southwesterly direction. This should help temperatures to get back into the 50s, close to the average highs for mid-April.

Winds will continue to turn to the south Saturday night, keeping overnight temperatures near or above freezing for the first time between then and now.

Sunday will be cloudier with some late day rain as another system swings through the region. High temperatures should again push into the 50s, but how warm it gets will depend on the timing of the rain and whether any sun pokes out.

Cool weather will return behind that system for the first half of next week. Temperatures may return to the seasonal averages after that.

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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.