Dry cold front sneaks through late Friday

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Temperatures this weekend will sit in the 70s with plenty of sunshine and unseasonably dry air. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Cooler Weather This Weekend

A cold front will move through the area tonight but do not expect any rain as it does so.

This front is poised to the north of the region this morning and will remain there through the daytime hours. Another front is located to our south across the Mid-Atlantic.

Skies will be quite sunny this morning, but clouds will gradually increase through the middle and latter parts of the day. By the late afternoon and evening, the clouds may be on the thicker side, but no rain is expected.

Even the minute chances for showers that I mentioned yesterday have pretty much evaporated.

Temperatures will be mild ahead of the front, despite a light northwest wind. Most areas should be near or just over 80 degrees today, though a few higher elevations in the I-81 area may not quite make it to 80 degrees.

The air will be dry with dewpoints in the mid and upper 50s.

As the front passes through tonight, the wind will turn more northeasterly before settling in from the north for Saturday. Skies will gradually clear out overnight, though some clouds may linger into early Saturday across the Southern Tier.

High pressure will dominate through the weekend with scarcely any clouds, let alone any rain. Slightly cooler, but even drier air will build in.

Temperatures Saturday will range from the low 70s near Lake Ontario to the upper 70s between Elmira and Binghamton. Most will be in the mid 70s. Sunday will be a touch warmer, with most places near or just under 80 degrees.

Dewpoints through the weekend will be down into the 40s, resulting in relative humidity values under 40%. Precipitable Water, a measure of the atmosphere throughout the layers of the atmosphere, will be just 20-30% of its seasonal average values.

Winds this weekend will be strongest on Saturday, with sustained speeds up to 10 mph and gusts to 25 mph from the north. Sunday will have lighter winds, still from the north, with speeds near or under 5 mph and minimal gusting.

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

Next Week’s Weather

By Monday, winds will swing around to the southwest and start to pick up again. Wind speeds will build to around 10 mph by the afternoon with gusts around 25 mph.

With skies still sunny, though mixing with some clouds once again, temperatures will be on the rise as a warmer air mass moves in. Temperatures on Monday should make it into the mid and upper 80s, but some places could even hit 90 degrees.

Dewpoints will increase from the weekend, but will still be seasonably low, ranging through the 50s.

The chances for rain will finally return toward the middle of next week, but it probably will not be much to get excited about.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will move in on Tuesday as a cold front pushes into the region. The models continue to show sporadic, hit or miss rain with this front. While it is still early to get too detailed, this has been a consistent theme for Tuesday.

Tuesday will be warm with temperatures still well into the 80s and dewpoints rising to the 60s. Wednesday will be a touch cooler with highs in the low to mid 80s.

A few more showers will be possible on Wednesday, but the chances for widespread or significant rain look even lower than on Tuesday at this point. Thursday will come in between those two days, with more rain than Wednesday but likely less than Tuesday.

Temperatures will cool to around 80 degrees on Thursday before starting another warming trend next weekend. The temperature should mostly remain in the 80s, but some 90s will not be out of the question as we head into the following week.

Rain chances will likely remain sporadic, with mainly hit or miss showers on the few occasions it does rain.

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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.