Sunshine increases today, temperatures increase tomorrow

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday november 3 2020 clouds sun front cool warm up
Clouds will gradually give way to sunshine today in a precursor to a prolonged warm, sunny period that starts tomorrow. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Pattern Shifting

Today’s weather can be classified as transitional, as it will have neither the cold and snow of yesterday, nor the full sunshine and warmth of tomorrow.

Temperatures have been on the erratic side since late yesterday afternoon as pushes of warmer and cooler air trade places over the region.

After a steady climb through the evening and overnight, temperatures are falling again this morning as a subtle cold front sinks south across the region. This front should stall out roughly from Buffalo to Binghamton, with upper 30s and low 40s to the northeast and mid 40s to the southwest.

This temperature pattern should persist for most of the daytime hours today.

Skies will be cloudy this morning thanks to the front, but precipitation will be limited to a few stray showers or flurries earlier this morning, mostly over Onondaga and Cortland county.

As we head into the afternoon sunshine will gradually increase, and skies should turn mostly clear by the evening. Temperatures will fall into the mid and upper 30s after sunset, but winds will then start to turn to the south.

Overnight, temperatures will creep back upward, reaching the upper 30s and low 40s by Wednesday morning.

South winds and bright, sun-filled skies will propel temperatures upward tomorrow with highs mostly between 60 and 65 degrees. This will just be the start of a prolonged stretch of similar weather conditions.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday november 3 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Stuck on Repeat

The main differences in the day to day weather through the remainder of the week and well into next week will be cloud cover and just how warm it gets.

On Thursday, the clouds will increase some, but they will mostly be thin clouds high in the atmosphere. Therefore, there should still be sunshine filtering through the clouds.

A few stray clouds will be possible on Friday, while Saturday turns mostly clear again. A mix of sun and clouds should then be expected Sunday and Monday with increasing clouds on Tuesday.

High temperatures Thursday and Friday will mostly be in the mid 60s. Saturday and Sunday will be in the upper 60s, while Monday and Tuesday could approach 70 in some areas.

Overnight lows throughout this time period will be in the low and mid 40s. Winds will be light, especially this weekend when top gusts will be under 15 mph.

The next chance for rain will come next Wednesday when a front moves in and ends the warm spell. Temperatures on the other side of the front will not be too cold though, with highs generally near average for the middle of November.

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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.