Atmosphere slowly begins to dry out

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Clouds, drizzle, and flurries will persist today, but dry air will gradually work in, leading to some sun in a few days. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Slow subtle changes

Over the next few days, the weather will very slowly change across the Finger Lakes, eventually leading to some sunshine.

This morning, however, conditions will seem as they have all week so far. A north-northwesterly flow over Lake Ontario persists between high pressure north of the Great Lakes and low pressure well off the New England coast.

Thick cloud cover, a few flurries, and a few areas of patchy drizzle will continue through the morning. Most of the region is starting the day below the freezing mark, so any drizzle that falls will freeze on cold, untreated surfaces.

A gradual trend away from flurries and drizzle will take place as dry air slowly begins to work into the region. Precipitation is unlikely to cease altogether until late Thursday, but it should become increasingly scarce between now and then.

The wind will be stronger today with speeds of 5-10 mph. This will hold temperatures down a couple degrees, with highs mostly in the low 30s today.

Mid and upper 20s will become commonplace overnight, with highs on Thursday around 30 degrees. Winds will continue from the northwest at 5-10 mph.

Friday will start out with more of the same. Clouds will continue to be in place with light north winds. High temperatures will retreat a few more degrees, topping out in the mid and upper 20s.

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

Increasing Chances for Sun

Late in the day, however, the clouds should start to break up, and some glimpses of sunshine will become possible.

Skies will continue to clear Friday night, allowing temperatures to fall into the teens for most areas.

Saturday itself looks increasingly sunny, with highs returning to around 30 degrees.  This will be the start of a new pattern that will persist into the middle of next week.

This new pattern will not be completely sunny. Periods of clouds are likely, some low in the atmosphere like the clouds we have had this week, and some clouds that are thinner, high in the atmosphere.

Sunday looks more likely to have thicker clouds with some sunshine mixing in from time to time. Monday looks a bit sunnier, while Tuesday sees thinner clouds working through the region.

Temperatures during this time will rise from around 30 on Sunday to the low and mid 30s Monday and into the mid and upper 30s Tuesday.

A small weather system will move into the northeastern United States on Thursday, but this will most likely stay to our southeast.

Precipitation chances will come up slightly by next weekend, but the overall dry and cool but not cold pattern looks to continue for the foreseeable future.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast wednesday january 6 2021This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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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.