Warm weather Friday retreats for the weekend

finger lakes weather forecast friday november 20 2020 warm sunny clouds cold front weekend
Warm temperatures and periods of sunshine today will not stick around for the weekend as cool, cloudy weather pushes back in. [Photo by Gwen Moshier

Weekend Weather

A mini-warm up that started yesterday will culminate today before cooler air pushes back into the area overnight.

The day is starting clear across the northwestern half of the Finger Lakes, but clouds are thick to the southeast. These morning clouds should dissipate, leading to increasingly sunny skies throughout the region.

There will still be some clouds passing through from time to time, but most of the late morning, midday, and first half of the afternoon will be sunny. How quickly clouds move back in late this afternoon and this evening is a bit uncertain, and mostly clear skies could persist.

The sunshine and a steady southwest wind will push temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s today. The wind will be lighter than yesterday, with speeds of 5-10 mph and gusts of 20-25 mph.

Overnight, a cold front will come through with an increase in clouds. Winds will turn to the northwest behind the front and cooler air will quickly return. Saturday will start around 40 degrees and will only rise a few degrees during the day.

Saturday will be cloudy with 5-10 mph northwest winds. No precipitation is expected, though.

The clouds may break up for a time Sunday night before new clouds move in from the south. Temperatures Saturday night should range from the mid 20s in Cortland County to the mid 30s near lake shores.

A warm front will lift north toward the Finger Lakes on Sunday. Light precipitation will break out ahead of the front, probably mostly falling as snow with temperatures in the mid and upper 30s most of the day.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast friday november 20 2020
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Looking to Next Week

Temperatures will rise into the 40s Sunday night as southeast winds increase. Mid and upper 40s will be likely early Monday morning before a cold front moves through.

This front will drop temperatures into the mid and upper 30s for the rest of Monday morning, but temperatures may get back to 40 degrees during the afternoon. Rain is likely Monday morning, but the afternoon should dry out.

Conditions do not look overly favorable for lake effect precipitation Monday night or Tuesday as high pressure builds in. A few showers or flurries may be possible, but they will not amount too much.

The window for sunshine will be brief early Tuesday as new clouds stream in ahead of another weather system. Tuesday will therefore be increasingly cloudy with highs in the mid and upper 30s.

Precipitation moves in late Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Some snow may fall at first, but rain should become the primary precipitation type rather quickly. Temperatures Wednesday should reach the low 40s.

An active pattern continues with yet another system tracking in later Thursday. Temperatures on Thanksgiving should be well into the 40s, so any precipitation will easily fall as rain.

Highs on Friday will jump well into the 50s before cooler weather returns for the final days of November.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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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 and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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