Late Week Weather
Several days of slightly above average temperatures are settling into the Finger Lakes, though the warmest of these days will be today.
Sunshine this morning will team up with southerly winds to warm temperatures in a hurry. And while clouds will gradually increase through the day, based on the current satellite trends, it looks as though there will be quite a bit of sunshine.
This will easily push temperatures into the mid 40s this afternoon, and it may even be a touch warmer than the forecast from the last couple of days thanks to the extra sunshine.
The south winds will blow with speeds up to 10 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph.
Eventually, clouds will take over and a few spits of rain will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.
Nighttime temperatures will be well above average, only dipping to the low and mid 30s tonight.
Precipitation will be more common tomorrow as a disturbance moves through the region. Much of what falls will be a wet, non-accumulating snow. Some areas may see rain mix in, or a complete changeover to rain.
Temperatures tomorrow should still reach into the mid and upper 30s. Thursday night will drop to the mid 20s, which is still about ten degrees above the climatological average low for this time of the year.
Friday will be similar to today, with morning sun gradually getting replaced by clouds. A few late showers will again be possible.
Daily highs on Friday will probably be a couple degrees shy of the warmth today, with most areas topping out near or just above 40 degrees.
Smack of Cold
A strong cold front will move through the Finger Lakes on Saturday. Morning temperatures will be in the mid 30s, and temperatures should remain mostly steady until the midday hours. After the front passes, afternoon temperatures will fall into the 20s.
Precipitation with the front will initially be rain but will turn to snow showers as it ends. A little lake effect off Lake Ontario will be possible southeast of the lake later Saturday through Sunday.
Temperatures on Sunday will start around 10 degrees and will only rise to the mid 10s. The core of the cold will then build in, aided by clearing skies as lake effect dissipates.
Monday morning may see widespread subzero temperatures. Sunshine will mix with a few lingering clouds during the day. Afternoon highs will be around 10 degrees.
Mostly clear skies Monday night will send temperatures back well below zero. Thankfully, winds will be light, so wind chill will not be a major concern.
Temperatures will start to moderate on Tuesday with highs inching into the low 20s. South winds will kick in during the day and increase during the night.
After starting in the upper 10s and low 20s, Wednesday will rocket back into a mild pattern with highs possibly pushing well into the 40s.
The weather pattern will continue to favor near to above average temperatures through the rest of February, but that does not exclude the possibility of brief smacks of cold, like what is expected Sunday-Tuesday.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.