Breezy Wednesday behind yesterday’s rain

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A windy Wednesday is in store for the Finger Lakes as a new, cool and showery pattern takes hold. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

A Few Showers

Low pressure over northern New England is pulling away from the Finger Lakes, but a second, weaker low is tracking into the Great Lakes.

The steady rain has pulled out of the region, but scattered showers still linger this morning. As the second low spins its way eastward, the threat for a few showers will continue, especially between Buffalo and Rochester, where Lake Erie will help enhance the chances for rain.

Much of the Finger Lakes will end up dry for much of the time today. Some sun will work out from time to time.

Gusty winds will perhaps be the biggest story of the day. Coming from the southwest, wind speeds will be around 15 mph with gusts of 30-40 mph. Wind gusts over 40 mph are possible in the Buffalo-Rochester belt, again thanks to Lake Erie.

Most areas should get above 60 degrees today. A few mid 60s will be possible for areas like Geneva and Syracuse, but most should stick to the low 60s. Higher elevations in the western Southern Tier will see highs in the upper 50s.

Cloud cover and the chances for showers will increase late this afternoon and into the nighttime hours as the low passes by. Some heavy downpours or even a little lightning will be possible downwind of Lake Erie. The further south and east, the less likely showers will become.

Clouds will keep overnight temperatures around 50 degrees. Late during the night, the clouds will start to break up, leading to some sunshine mixing in on Thursday. Again though, small, scattered showers will also remain possible throughout the day.

Temperatures tomorrow will be very similar to today, with highs mostly in the low 60s. Winds will be from the southwest at first but will become more westerly during the afternoon. The wind speed will be under 10 mph with gusts under 25 mph.

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

Cool, Showery Weather Continues

Cloudiness and the chances for showers will increase on Friday. Unfortunately, steady, soaking rain looks as though it will stay well to our east as low pressure moves north along the Atlantic coast.

Nonetheless, there will be plenty of lighter showers in our region, especially near Lake Ontario, where northwest winds will add some lake enhancement.

High temperatures on Friday will take a step back with mid and upper 50s. Only a few localized areas will manage to hit 60 degrees.

Friday night will be an interesting night regarding temperatures. Near Lake Ontario, clouds will be more likely, but further south, some clearing is possible. Any areas that see clear skies during the night could fall into the 30s with pockets of frost. Cloudier areas should remain well in the 40s.

A few more showers will be possible on Saturday as a small piece of energy spirals through. Outside of any showers, some sun may try to break through.

Temperatures on Saturday will range through the 50s. Low 50s are expected in the western Southern Tier, with mostly mid 50s elsewhere.

Sunday will start with some sunshine and cold temperatures. Many areas will have a shot at some frost with lows in the 30s. Typically warmer lake shore regions may be able to stay in the 40s, however.

Clouds will increase ahead of the next weather system during the day Sunday. Rain showers could move in as early as the afternoon, though the main chances for rain will come Monday into Tuesday. If the parent low tracks far enough west as it moves along the Atlantic coast, we could see another soaking rain.

Cool, showery conditions will persist through next week, but a warming trend looks possible as we head into the middle of October.

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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.