Sunny Monday kicks off chilly, active week

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Monday will likely turn out to be the sunniest and warmest day of the week despite highs only in the mid 20s. Light snow is expected for tomorrow. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Early Week Weather

An area of high pressure will keep our weather quiet but cool today.

Sunshine will mix with clouds, and no precipitation is expected during the daytime hours. Winds will be light from the southwest most of the day before turning to the south this evening.

Temperatures are starting out mostly between 0 and 10 degrees, though a few pockets have slipped below zero. The sunshine will help temperatures rise into the mid 20s this afternoon. While that is a bit on the cool side, it will probably end up being the warmest day of the week.

Our first weather system of the week will approach from the southwest tonight. Some light snow showers will be possible this evening, but most of the snow should fall after midnight.

By the morning commute, an inch or two may have fallen, which may make travel a bit sloppy. Light snow will continue into Tuesday, gradually tapering off from northwest to southeast.

Accumulations will be between one and two inches north of I-90 and between two and three inches to the south. Tioga, eastern Tompkins, and Cortland county have the best chance at seeing three to four inches.

High temperatures on Tuesday will be a couple degrees cooler than today.

Clouds will gradually decrease Tuesday night, except to the southeast of Lake Ontario, where some limited lake effect snow will fall. The lake effect should move north of the region Wednesday morning with partly cloudy skies outside of any lake effect.

Wednesday’s temperatures will be in the low 20s. With partially to mostly clear skies overnight, temperatures will drop to levels similar to this morning, if not a touch cooler.

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

Late Week Colder

Another weather system will set up to our south on Thursday. Clouds will try to move in, but it is questionable how far they will make it. The further north you are, the better the chances for sunshine on Thursday.

Assuming we manage even just a little sunshine, temperatures should get back into the low 20s despite the cold start.

Snow should eventually make its way in from the south Thursday night or early Friday. The snow may come down steadily through the morning with several inches of accumulation. This should not be a big storm, per se, but may be enough to cause travel issues.

Temperatures will most likely fail to reach 20 degrees as low pressure to our southeast strengthens, pulling more cold air into the region.

As this system departs, some lake effect snow will be possible into the weekend. There is also a chance for some weak impulses of energy that may produce a little of their own light snow.

Even with clouds at night this weekend, temperatures will be in the single digits with pockets dropping below zero. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday look to be in the mid teens.

The cold weather should extend into Monday next week, but then there are signs that the cold air will retreat and temperatures will return to near average in the 30s.

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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.