Rain, snow, and fog to end the week

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Another chilly, damp day is ahead for the Finger Lakes as moisture wraps around a coastal low. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Another Chilly, Damp Day

Moisture is wrapping around the backside of low pressure centered near Boston this morning, causing widespread precipitation throughout the Finger Lakes.

Most areas near the lakeshores and in the I-90 corridor are seeing rain this morning, but higher elevations throughout the southern half of the region are seeing some snow. Most areas will not see any accumulation, but a few hilltops could briefly see a light coating on grassy surfaces.

Precipitation will continue through the morning and well into the afternoon. Rain will gradually replace the snow as temperatures creep into the upper 30s and low 40s.

In addition to the rain and snow, northwest winds will gust over 20 mph at times. Areas of dense fog will also be possible, mainly over higher elevations. This fog may reduce visibility to under a quarter-mile at times, especially tonight.

The rain will wind down later this afternoon with just a few stray showers or flurries lingering tonight. Fog and drizzle will persist into Saturday morning, but as the atmosphere gradually dries out, these will diminish.

Little to no sunshine is expected on Saturday and light northwest winds will continue. Nonetheless, temperatures will warm, with highs in the upper 40s for most, with a stripe of low 50s near I-90.

There will be little chance for clearing skies as a weak disturbance pushes in for Sunday. While a few breaks of sun may be possible, skies will remain mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers developing.

Winds Sunday will be light from the southwest, helping push temperatures into the mid 50s.

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

Next Week’s Weather

Monday may also have a few scattered showers, but also a better chance for some sunshine between the clouds. Winds will be from the southwest and west and temperatures will continue to creep upwards. Look for highs Monday to reach the upper 50s with a few areas possibly hitting 60 degrees.

The weather for the middle of the week will be determined by a strong, but slow moving cold front.

This front should remain well to our northwest on Tuesday. This will place us on the warm side of the front, resulting in highs pushing into the low 60s. Skies should be a mix of sun and clouds.

The front will move in Tuesday night or Wednesday. Low pressure developing along the front may enhance our rain and possibly bring some blustery winds.

Eventually, the front will pass through, causing temperatures to drop in a hurry. There is a good chance for at least some more snow showers behind the front.

Thursday will be chilly behind the front with highs stuck in the 40s. It will be a quick return to the 50s for next weekend, though warmer weather may not arrive until the very end of April or early May.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast friday april 16 2021
This 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.