Quiet, cooler weather settles in to stay

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A stretch of quiet weather and seasonable temperatures will start today, though a few stray showers will be possible Sunday. [Photo by Joan Lockwood]

Weekend Weather

The cold front that moved through the Finger Lakes yesterday is well to our east, allowing cool, dry air to continue to move into the region.

This new airmass has wrapped all the way around the center of low pressure over Lake Huron and is entering our area on southwest winds.

Wind speeds will be around or over 10 mph through the morning and into the early afternoon before wind speeds drop during the mid to late afternoon. Most areas will see top gusts of 25 to perhaps 30 mph. As usual with southwest winds, stronger gusts are likely between Rochester and Buffalo, possibly eclipsing 40 mph locally.

Temperatures are starting the day in the 40s and low 50s. Now that the sun is up, daytime heating should quickly set in with widespread 60s by noon.

The surface heating beneath cool air aloft will give rise to fair-weather clouds, especially during the midday and early afternoon hours. Temperatures will add a few more degrees with highs in the mid 60s throughout the area.

Skies will clear again late in the day as the daytime heating is lost. Similar temperatures are expected tonight, with mid and upper 40s in the southern half of the region and low 50s to the north.

Temperatures will get a small boost tomorrow and most areas should sneak into the low 70s. Skies will be sunny with areas of thin clouds.

A weak disturbance will move into the area Saturday evening with an increase in clouds and a few scattered showers. Many areas will probably not see rain. Those that do should only see brief, light rainfall.

With the clouds, most areas should stay above 50 degrees Saturday night. The chance for a few showers will continue into Sunday, especially during the morning. Highs will return to the mid 60s.

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

Stable Weather Pattern

Much of next week will be quiet and cool as our weather pattern stabilizes.

Monday has a bit of uncertainty with another small disturbance in the area. The trend on the models has been to keep most of the precipitation to our south. Still, a stray shower cannot be totally ruled out, especially in the Southern Tier.

Otherwise, Monday will have a mix of sun and clouds. Morning lows will be near 50 and afternoon highs in the mid 60s.

Tuesday and Wednesday both look like repeats, only without the rain chances. Tuesday will have morning lows mostly in the low 50s, while Wednesday will be split between some upper 40s and low 50s.

Both days will have a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid 60s.

Temperatures will creep up a bit late next week. Highs Thursday should be in the upper 60s. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday look to be around 70, though this is still a bit early, and some adjustments will probably be necessary.

Quiet conditions are expected to continue next weekend. Skies will be sunny and rain chances low.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast friday september 24 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.