Late Week Weather
An area of low pressure is spinning over the western Great Lakes this morning, drawing mild, dry air northward into the Finger Lakes.
This will keep the weather quiet for today and even some sunshine is expected.
Clouds will be more plentiful this morning, though breaks in them will already be showing up. The radar is clear as of 7 AM, but if there are any stray showers about today, they will be during the morning hours. The majority of the region will stay dry today.
Sunshine will gradually increase this afternoon, but it will probably never completely clear before new clouds build in this evening.
A steady southwest wind will blow with speeds between 5-10 mph. Top gusts should be around 20 mph.
The wind and sunshine will keep temperatures well above average with highs in the mid and upper 40s. A few places from Elmira to Ithaca to Binghamton will make a run at 50 degrees. This is fifteen to nearly twenty degrees above the daily average highs, but another fifteen to twenty degrees below any daily record highs.
Temperatures will fall to the mid 30s this evening and the low 30s overnight.
A batch of precipitation will move in from the southwest Friday morning. For areas southwest of Penn Yan, this may arrive before sunrise. Most of what falls will be snow, but some areas may stay warm enough for rain to mix in or take over as the primary precipitation type as morning temperatures rise.
The precipitation will move east in the early afternoon, leaving behind no more than a light coating of snow accumulation.
Winds will turn to the west and northwest behind the rain and snow, allowing cooler air into the region. High temperatures will reach the mid and upper 30s on Friday. The winds will not be strong, with speeds remaining in the 5-10 mph range.
Some lake snows will develop Friday evening, mainly southeast of Lake Ontario across the northwestern quadrant of the region. The snow should mainly be light and disorganized, with locally up to an inch accumulating.
Temperatures Friday night will end up around 30 degrees.
Weekend, Next Week’s Weather
The wind will shift slightly Saturday morning with an increased northerly component. This should bring the lake flakes south into more of the Finger Lakes region. The snow will especially be likely during the late morning and early afternoon hours.
Again, though, the snow will mainly be light with only a few brief periods of steadier snow. Accumulations will remain mostly under, but locally up to an inch.
The north-northwest winds will increase to around 10 mph with some gusts over 25 mph. Temperatures will be held in check by the winds, topping out in the mid 30s.
Lake effect will dissipate late in the day as high pressure moves overhead. Clear skies are expected Saturday night with temperatures in the lower half of the 20s.
This high pressure should stick around for a few days, keeping active weather to our south across the Mid-Atlantic. Sunshine will mix with clouds Sunday and Tuesday, with a greater chance for full sunshine on Monday.
As the high slides eastward, temperatures will bounce up again. Highs on Sunday will remain in the mid 30s, but 40s are likely Monday and Tuesday.
A cold front is expected during the middle of next week. This may bring snow showers, falling temperatures, and some blustery winds on Wednesday. The potential for several inches of lake effect snow southeast of Lake Ontario will be possible for the latter part of next week.
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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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