Weekend Weather Forecast
High pressure is nosing its way into our region from the west and will keep our weekend weather quiet and enjoyable.
Skies are mostly clear across the Finger Lakes to start Friday morning. There are a few areas of clouds near Lake Ontario which will drop southeast through the region this morning.
Otherwise, the main cloudiness today will be in the form of small fair-weather poofs. There is a very small chance that a couple of these will have a brief spit of rain this afternoon. Few places will see any rain, and those that do may not see enough to fully wet the pavement.
Winds will be from the northwest today with speeds up to 10 mph. Top gusts will be 20-25 mph, mainly during the afternoon hours.
Temperatures will be close to the seasonal averages, with highs topping out in the low 70s with a few areas reaching the mid 70s. Clear skies tonight will allow temperatures to drop back into the 50s.
A small disturbance will pass through tonight, its only sign being a shift in the winds to the southwest this evening and back to the northwest overnight. No precipitation or even clouds are expected to accompany this feature.
It will enhance cooler air for Saturday, though. Northwest winds around 10 mph will hold temperatures at bay despite mostly sunny skies throughout the day. Look for afternoon highs in the mid and upper 60s.
Saturday night will be clear and cool with winds calming. By dawn Sunday, 40s will be widespread with some cold pockets, mostly in the southern half of the region, getting below 45 degrees.
Sunday will start sunny, but clouds will build in during the day. The clouds may not totally block out the sun, though. Winds will be nearly calm in the morning, but southwest at up to 5 mph in the afternoon. That should help afternoon highs in the mid 70s.
The Weather Next Week
The weather will not be as quiet next week as this weekend. However, despite several chances for rain only low-impact weather is expected.
Monday may start off with a few showers or even a thunderstorm as a warm front lifts through the region. Much of the day will be dry with the sun darting in and out of clouds.
As the front passes through, winds will turn to the south with speeds around 10 mph. Warmer air will move in with highs reaching the low 80s. Showers and a few rumbles of thunder will be possible late in the afternoon.
Rain will increase Monday night and especially into Tuesday morning. The rain will gradually taper off Tuesday afternoon, though southeastern areas such as Elmira, Ithaca, and Cortland could see showers until nearly sunset.
Temperatures will back off into the low 70s, though I would not be surprised if some of the aforementioned rainier areas struggle to reach 70 degrees.
Wednesday looks like the driest day next week with just a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will be just a touch below the seasonal averages in the low 70s.
There will be chances for scattered showers during the end of next week and possibly into the weekend. However, which days will see rain and at what times remains too uncertain to tell this far in advance. The rain that falls should be scattered and light, though.
Temperatures will remain in the low and mid 70s with 60s a possibility on any rainy days. This general pattern should persist throughout the next week as well.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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