Mixed skies Tuesday before more rain and wind

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Tuesday will have a mix of sun and clouds and near average temperatures. Rain and wind will move back in for Wednesday and especially Thursday. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Brief Break in the Weather

An area of high pressure centered along the Southeast coast extends north into the Finger Lakes.

However, a decaying disturbance in the atmosphere is also swinging in from the west. The competing influence from these two systems will bring some sunny periods, and some cloudier ones, to the Finger Lakes today.

A brief shower cannot be ruled out, especially west of I-390. However, almost all the Finger Lakes should remain dry today.

Winds will be light and variable today thanks to the high pressure. The lack of wind and partial sunshine will push temperatures to near the seasonal averages. For the higher elevations and areas right along the shore of Lake Ontario, mid 50s are expected. Other areas may break 60 degrees.

Skies will remain mixed overnight as winds consolidate from the southeast and increase. Overnight temperatures will be in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Clouds will be thicker on Wednesday as the first fringes of our next weather maker extend eastward. A few showers are expected at any time, but especially during the late day and evening hours.

Winds will continue to increase with gusts building to around 40 mph.

Southeast winds often result in a wide range of temperatures across the region and that will be the case tomorrow. While the Rochester area will reach the mid 60s, mid 50s are expected through the Southern Tier and into Central New York. Most areas will end up a few degrees on either side of 60.

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Wind, Heavy Rain Thursday

Low pressure will move into the area on Thursday, slowing down as it approaches.

This low will be associated with a relatively narrow band of rain with some embedded downpours. The downpours will become more common later in the day as the band pushes into the eastern half of the Finger Lakes.

This situation will need to be monitored for localized flash flooding. Depending on the nature of the downpours. The same areas most at risk for heavy rain are also those currently most prone to flooding. This includes areas between Corning and Binghamton, northward into Cortland County.

The rain band will slowly push east Thursday night with lighter showers lingering behind.

Winds will remain strong until the rain band arrives. Wind speeds will drop drastically as the rain moves in with nearly calm winds overnight.

Friday will be cloudy and showery as moisture remains in place on the backside of the low. The rain should be light and there are no additional flooding concerns.

Winds will turn to the northwest and increase, but top gusts should stay under 25 mph. High temperatures will reach the mid 50s.

A few lingering showers may dot the area early Saturday before increasing sunshine. A few more showers will be possible from a different weather system Sunday.

Temperatures will remain in the 50s for Saturday but may push well into the 60s Sunday. Another cool down is expected behind Sunday’s system, which will last much of next week.

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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.