A few showers and storms today ahead of a cold front

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Morning rain showers will decrease, but additional showers and a few storms will pop up for the late afternoon. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Wednesday Details

The Finger Lakes will see a cold front move through the region tonight with a chance for showers and storms beforehand.

Already early this morning, some rain moved through portions of the region along a wave of energy ahead of the front. Scattered showers will continue to be possible this morning, especially close to the NY-PA state line.

Winds will also be blustery this morning, coming from the south at 10-15 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph.

The chances for showers will drop during the midday and early afternoon hours. If we are going to see any sunshine today, this is the time when it is most likely.

Temperatures will also reach their daily highs during the early afternoon. Low 80s are likely for the I-90 Corridor south into Penn Yan and possibly Ithaca. Higher elevations in Central New York and the western Southern Tier, meanwhile, will struggle to the mid 70s.

The chances for rain will increase for the late afternoon as the front approaches. Showers and a few thunderstorms will develop and track east in several clusters.

With the gusty winds at the surface and even stronger winds aloft, there is a minimal chance for a few strong wind gusts from any thunderstorms. A few areas will probably get missed by most of the late day rain, though.

A few showers will linger into the early evening, but then clouds should dissipate overnight. Some areas will hold on to some clouds into Thursday morning.

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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Another Front, then Quiet

The first cold front will get hung up along the Atlantic coast as a wave of energy travels northeast along it.

This will bring some thin cloud cover into the region for Thursday, which will filter, but probably not completely block out the sun.

Winds behind the first front will turn to the northwest tonight, but by tomorrow morning, will quickly turn back to the south ahead of the next front.

The south winds and partial sunshine should keep temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to the low 80s, similar to today.

The second front will move through Thursday night. Only a few scattered, brief showers are expected, mostly after midnight. West-northwest winds will set up behind the front for Friday, bringing in cooler air.

Look for highs Friday between 70-75 degrees with plenty of sunshine. Clear skies will continue through Friday night, allowing temperatures to fall into the low and mid 50s with a few pockets of upper 40s.

Saturday will have sunshine with a few fair-weather clouds, but northwest winds will keep temperatures down. Daytime highs will mostly be in the upper 60s and low 70s.

South winds will set up again on Sunday and persist into the middle of next week. This will lead to steady warming until a cold front brings the next chance for rain late next week.

Highs Sunday will range through the 70s, while 80s will start to show up on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday have a shot at widespread mid and upper 80s. Much cooler air will settle in once more behind the front.

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  1. Valerie

    I’m getting disappointed by this consistent lack of rain. I hope Auburn can get some today. Hopefully this no-rain pattern will change with the next front at the end of next week.