Early Week Weather
A weak area of low pressure sliding northeast across the Great Lakes will be the primary influence on our early week weather.
For today, this low will remain to our northwest. Southerly winds will feed into the low, bringing some milder air into the region. Wind speeds will be near or just over 5 mph. Top gusts will be around 20 mph.
Patches of thin clouds high in the atmosphere are also in place out ahead of the low. These clouds may filter the sunshine at times, but other times it will be sunny.
The combination of at least partial sunshine and the southerly winds will give temperatures a boost as they rise this morning and into the early afternoon.
High temperatures will push into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees for most areas. A few higher elevations may stick in the mid 30s.
Winds will continue to blow lightly from the south tonight until a shift to the southwest takes place after midnight. Winds will further turn to the west, then northwest during the second half of Tuesday morning as a cold front from the low moves through.
Accompanying this front will be some scattered snow showers. Nothing more than a coating of accumulation is expected with no real travel concerns.
Temperatures tonight will drop into the upper 10s and low 20s, though some colder pockets will be possible. Tuesday afternoon temperatures will then reach the low 30s for lower elevations and the upper 20s in the hills. A few areas along the Thruway could reach the mid 30s.
The northwest winds Tuesday will be short-lived with a turn back to the south taking place before midnight. Nonetheless, temperatures will dip down into the mid 10s for much of the area overnight.
Late Week Weather
Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, with south and southwest winds blowing at speeds around 10 mph with gusts of 25-30 mph.
Combined with sunshine and thin clouds, highs in the low and mid 40s are likely. Even higher elevations should at least be near 40 degrees.
Another low will track to our northwest Wednesday night and Thursday, dragging another cold front through with scattered snow showers.
Like the snow on Tuesday, most of what falls will come during the morning hours on Thursday with little to no accumulation.
Temperatures on Thursday will start in the low 30s, rise to the mid 30s for the midday hours, then drop a couple degrees during the afternoon.
Thursday will be the windiest day of the week with 10-15 mph west winds gusting over 30 mph at times.
A few lake effect flurries will be possible Thursday night, but these look as though they should dissipate by Friday morning with winds turning back to the south and southwest. Wind speeds Friday will be close to Thursday, but only higher elevations will see the gusts over 30 mph.
The sky cover Friday is uncertain, but at least some early sun seems possible. No precipitation is expected and highs will work into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees.
Saturday will have rain showers turning to flurries as the third cold front of the week moves through. Temperatures will drop from the mid 30s in the morning to the low 30s and possibly 20s by the afternoon. The timing of the front this far out is uncertain.
This front will usher in a cold shot, with highs Sunday, Monday, and possibly next Tuesday in the 10s. All three days will also have a shot for low temperatures near or below zero.
Warmer air should quickly build back in, with highs Wednesday possibly jumping all the way to the 40s. Near-average temperatures should continue thereafter.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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