Clouds, fog, and drizzle persist

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Rain showers will be isolated today, but areas of fog and drizzle will be common, especially this morning and again tonight. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Low Level Moisture

The frontal boundary that has brought rain to the area the last two days is settling south of the region today.

Meanwhile, high pressure will build in from the north. Instead of clearing our region out, this high will trap moisture near the surface, keeping the Finger Lakes cloudy, and at times foggy and drizzly.

Fog is widespread throughout the area early this morning and will only slowly break up. Some areas will have dense fog, so allow for extra travel time this morning and be sure to use your headlights.

Accompanying the fog will be spits of drizzle and a few stray showers. The chance for drizzle and isolated showers will persist much of the day. Skies will remain cloudy.

Winds will be nearly calm today with just a whisper of a north wind. The clouds and lack of wind will help hold temperatures to the mid and upper 60s despite starting the day near or above 60 degrees.

Areas of fog will redevelop tonight and persist into Wednesday morning. Again, the fog may become thick in some areas. Drizzle will also be possible. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.

The moisture will erode more on Wednesday. Morning fog should dissipate quicker, and drizzle should become gradually less common as well. It will remain cloudy until late in the afternoon, when a little sunshine may finally start to poke out.

Winds will still be nearly calm, but temperatures should get a boost into the low 70s.

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

Mild October

Temperatures will continue to climb as sunshine increases for the latter week period.

Some localized areas of fog will be possible once again early Thursday. Overnight clouds and the fog will help hold nighttime temperatures in the upper 50s to near 60 again.

Thursday will have an increased chance for some breaks of sun, especially later in the afternoon. However, there will still be plenty of clouds around, too. A couple stray showers cannot be ruled out, either.

Nonetheless, even with another day with no wind, temperatures will continue to inch upward. Most areas should get into the mid 70s, with a few higher elevations sticking to the low 70s.

Some fog will develop in the usual valley locations by Friday morning but will quickly burn off. Friday looks to be the sunniest day of the week, with just a few fair weather clouds and some thin clouds to contend with.

The wind will still not return, but temperatures will climb into the mid 70s throughout the region. A few areas along I-90 could sneak into the upper 70s.

Temperatures this weekend are a bit more uncertain as a weather system swings into the area. A few showers could move in as early as later Saturday afternoon with most of the precipitation coming Saturday night and early Sunday.

Temperatures will probably be around or above 70 degrees on both days, depending on the timing of the rain and how the cloud cover evolves.

Mild weather looks likely throughout next week as well, with most days seeing highs at least close to 70, if not above.

Another slow moving weather system may be possible for the latter half of the week, which could bring more rain to the area. Details remain highly uncertain at this point, though.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast tuesday october 5 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.