Sunshine increases after morning rain

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday october 13 2020 morning rain afternoon sun
Today’s front won’t have much impact on temperatures, but a stronger front will lead to a big jump and a bigger fall late Thursday into Friday. [Photo by Helen Heizyk]

Front Moving Through

A front is moving through the Finger Lakes this morning with a short period of steady rain.

All areas in the Finger Lakes will see this rain as it tracks from west to east. The rain should last for an hour or two and could have some brief heavier periods. Still, most areas will see around or under a quarter inch of precipitation.

By noon, the rain should exit the eastern Finger Lakes while skies clear in the west. Mostly clear skies will overtake the entire region by the mid-afternoon, leaving the end of the day bright and sunny.

Behind the front, winds will turn to the west and northwest with speeds near or just above 5 mph. Afternoon gusts will be near20 mph early but tapering off for the latter half.

The sunshine should push most areas into the low 60s this afternoon, though a few higher elevations will stick to the upper 50s.

Skies will remain clear tonight, but winds will turn to the southwest and remain steady at 5-10 mph. That should prevent temperatures from getting too cold. Overnight lows will reach the low 40s for the Southern Tier with mid 40s for most other areas.

Wednesday will remain sunny throughout the day. Winds will turn back to the northwest, keeping temperatures similar to today.

Thin clouds will move in Wednesday night and a blustery south wind will develop. Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s and low 50s Wednesday evening, but will rise overnight to the mid and upper 50s.

South winds will gust over 30 mph on Thursday with skies remaining mostly sunny. This will cause temperatures to jump up into the mid 70s.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday october 13 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Quickly Turning Colder

Late Thursday, clouds will increase, and some showers will move into the area. This will occur along a sharp cold front that will instantly turn winds to the northwest and usher in colder air. A quick 10 to 20-degree drop will accompany the frontal passage.

Clouds and showers will remain in place throughout Thursday night. This will keep temperatures in the mid and upper 40s.

Showers will continue Friday morning and should increase in coverage and intensity during the afternoon. Temperatures will only rise a couple degrees, with highs mostly near or below 50 degrees.

Low pressure will develop along the East Coast Friday night and track north into New England. While an outside chance for a more western track remains, the most likely scenario is for this strong storm system to pull away from our region with just a few showers Friday night and early Saturday.

Northwest winds will increase on Saturday behind this system with gusts approaching 30 mph. Despite increasing sunshine, most areas will only see highs in the upper 40s or low 50s.

Our weather pattern will moderate thereafter with highs returning to near 60 by Sunday and into the 60s for most of next week.

Rain chances next week do not look overly high, though some light rain will probably be possible at some point, most likely during the middle of the 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.