Warm weather continues through Saturday

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Daily temperatures in the 60s will continue through Saturday before temperatures return to near-average levels. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Well Above Average Temperatures

A pattern of warm, spring-like days will persist across the Finger Lakes through Saturday.

Temperatures this morning range through the 30s and 40s with topographical influences having the biggest role in determining the temperatures. As the sun rises, these differences will be mixed out, but a new source of temperature discrepancy will move in.

Low pressure along the Mid-Atlantic coast will spread some clouds into the area this morning. Most of the clouds will be thin, but some thicker cloud cover may just clip the southeastern portions of the region.

These clouds will put a cap on the warming in these areas, setting up a gradient in temperature over the southeastern Finger Lakes. Most areas should still work their way to at least 60 degrees, though. Cortland and Tioga counties are the most likely areas to not get much beyond that.

Meanwhile, temperatures may break into the low 70s across the northern Finger Lakes, including Canandaigua, Geneva, Penn Yan, Auburn, and Syracuse. Mid and upper 60s will be commonplace throughout the rest of the area.

Any cloudiness this morning will transition to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. The overnight should be mostly clear, though some patchy fog may be possible. Low temperatures will again be a mix of 30s and 40s, depending on topography.

Winds on Friday will be under 5 mph, but from the north for the northern half of the region. This means 50s off Lake Ontario for areas north of the Thruway, but upper 60s between Elmira and Binghamton, where light south winds will remain. Most areas will be in the low and mid 60s.

Skies will start sunny on Friday, but clouds will build in during the afternoon.

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

Low brings showers, cooler air

Low pressure will approach the region Friday night with an initial push of warm air. Ahead of this warm front, rain will move through during the overnight hours Friday.

This initial batch of rain will be to the northeast by dawn Saturday. A general one-quarter to one-third of an inch of rain is expected.

Saturday morning should be mostly dry, though some stray showers will not be totally out of the question. Some sun may poke out between clouds, helping temperatures quickly jump into the mid 60s for a fourth consecutive day.

Winds will be breezily from the south with gusts of 25-35 mph. Higher elevations have the best shot at seeing gusts over 30 mph.

During the afternoon, showers will increase once again out ahead of a cold front. There may even be a few rumbles of thunder.

Temperatures will slowly drop through the 50s to the mid 40s Sunday morning. Rain showers will continue off and on and temperatures will end up near 40 degrees Sunday afternoon. A few higher elevation snowflakes may even mix in.

High pressure will then build in, leading to a mostly sunny Monday and first part of Tuesday. Temperatures will be cooler, with highs close to the seasonal averages in the mid 40s.

After this weekend, the next chance for precipitation will be some rain showers Wednesday night into Thursday.

Temperatures will take another step back next weekend and early the following week, opening a window for a little snow.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast thursday march 17 2022
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.