Very Warm Wednesday
After a couple of pleasantly mild days, even warmer air is being pushed into the Finger Lakes today.
A warm front is moving through the area this morning, accompanied by some cloud cover and a few isolated showers.
As the front continues northward, the chances for some breaks of sunshine will increase through the morning and into the afternoon.
Teaming up with any sunshine will be steady south and southwest winds with speeds around 10 mph and a few gusts as high as 30 mph.
This will all add up to the warmest day yet this season with afternoon highs widespread in the mid 70s. Upper 70s and a few near 80 degree readings will also be possible in the typically warmer areas.
There will be a chance for a few more showers and thunderstorms, especially late this afternoon. The chances for thunderstorms do not look great, but any storms that do develop could have some gusty winds and hail. The showers and storms may linger into the early evening before tapering off.
Overnight temperatures will remain well into the 50s, which will get Thursday off to a quick start. Temperatures should make it into the low 70s by the midday hours, when a cold front moves through.
A band of showers and maybe a rumble of thunder will develop along the front, but will quickly move east. By the mid-afternoon, the rain should mostly be out of the region. Temperatures will take a quick dive from the midday highs to the mid and upper 50s for the afternoon.
West and northwest winds will be blustery behind the front with gusts of 25-35 mph.
Mild, Then Not
Friday is looking like a quiet, dry day with temperatures still on the mild side.
Winds will turn back to the south and southwest and will increase. By the midday and afternoon hours, wind speeds of 10-15 mph are likely with gusts of 30-40 mph.
Morning sunshine will gradually yield to some afternoon clouds, but not before temperatures push into the mid or even upper 60s.
South winds and cloud cover will keep temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s Friday night, but rain showers will increase Saturday morning and continue into the afternoon. This will be associated with another, stronger cold front.
Like Thursday, temperatures will rise during the morning, then fall sharply for the afternoon. Highs in the late morning and midday hours will be in the low 60s, followed by upper 40s and low 50s for the afternoon.
Easter Sunday will end up much like the two Sundays, with blustery northwest winds, cold temperatures, and a mix of rain and snow showers throughout the day. Top wind gusts will be between 35-40 mph and high temperatures will be in the low to perhaps mid 40s.
The weather will rebound briefly for Monday with some sunshine and highs back into the 50s. Another weather system will spread more rain, snow, and wind into the area for Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance for some localized snow accumulations remains.
Temperatures will begin to creep upwards for the end of next week, followed by the possibility of more warm weather thereafter.
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