Cold front pushes temperatures back again

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday april 21 2020
Another cold front will reinforce our cool weather pattern. Lake effect snow will fly behind the front tonight. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Rain and Snow

Another cold front will move through the Finger Lakes this morning, setting temperatures back further once again.

Rain is already moving through the region this morning out ahead of the front. Temperatures are into the 40s for most areas after rising through the overnight.

The rain showers will continue this morning, ending before noon. As the front moves through, winds will turn to the northwest and a quick drop back into the upper 30s will occur.

This afternoon will be marked by strong northwest winds gusting to 45 mph. A stray flurry will fly here and there, but some sun will poke out at times as well. Temperatures will push back into the low 40s.

Evening temperatures will then quickly dive through the 30s and, for some, into the 20s by 8 or 9 PM. A spray of lake effect snow showers will develop off Lake Ontario. These snow showers will continue into Wednesday morning before dissipating. A few localized areas could see an inch, but most places will see a coating or no accumulation.

After the snow early Wednesday, skies will trend sunnier. Winds will be equally gusty tomorrow, though the strongest gusts will focus in the east, whereas today they will focus in the west. High temperatures will struggle to make it beyond 40 degrees, and many areas will not even reach that high.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday april 21 2020
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Active Late Week and Weekend

Several systems will pass by or through the Finger Lakes for the end of the week and the weekend.

The first of these will go south on Thursday. The small band of clouds and precipitation on the northern periphery of this system should work into the southern half of the Finger Lakes. Most of this will fall as rain, but a little snow early in the day cannot be ruled out.

Temperatures will be split on Thursday, with upper 30s and low 40s where it is cloudy and raining, but low 50s just to the north where some sun will shine. Nailing down who sees what on Thursday is still uncertain.

Another system will pass to the south on Friday. Right now, this system looks to stay to our south and southeast, keeping precipitation out of the Finger Lakes. Some clouds will be possible early on, but then skies should turn sunny. Temperatures should respond by rising to the mid 50s.

Saturday, too, should have temperatures into the 50s. Skies will start sunny, but then turn cloudy with a few scattered rain showers. Rain chances will increase for Sunday as the next system rolls in with highs returning to the mid 40s.

More cool weather is expected for next week before the long range picture becomes more muddled. There is at least some hope for warmer weather thereafter as we head into May, but it is far from a guarantee.

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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.