Moisture and atmospheric energy left behind by Tropical Storm Ophelia lingers nearby while high pressure continues to add its influence.
Rain showers and drizzle have settled to our south over Pennsylvania, but areas of cloudiness will continue to move through our region for the next couple of days.
Much of the Finger Lakes region is beneath a canopy of clouds high in the atmosphere this morning. These are generally thick clouds, but there still may be some breaks in the clouds or some filtered sunshine poking through.
These clouds will linger through the morning and into the afternoon. Finally, during the latter half of the afternoon, and especially near sunset, the clouds should move out. This will open a brief window for sunshine before it sets.
Evening skies will be partly cloudy to mostly clear, but clouds will increase again after midnight. Wednesday will turn out similar to today, with plenty of clouds, the occasional glimpse of sun, and some late clearing.
Rain is not expected either today or tomorrow. East and southeast wind will blow at 5-10 mph today and near 5 mph on Wednesday.
The clouds and east winds will keep temperatures in check. Both days will have highs mostly in the mid 60s, with upper 60s near and north of I-90 and a few low 60s in higher elevations.
Temperatures both tonight and Wednesday night will be cooler than recent nights, with widespread mid and upper 40s. Low 40s and some colder pockets are expected in and around Cortland County.
By Thursday, a new bundle of atmospheric energy will move in from the Midwest. There will again be a fair bit of cloud cover, but also a greater chance for some breaks in the clouds or some filtered sunshine. Winds will remain light out of the southeast.
Highs on Thursday may be a couple of degrees higher with more areas reaching the upper 60s with some urban areas reaching 70 degrees.
Staying Dry, Turning Warm
A few stray showers may be possible Thursday night into early Friday. These showers are looking less and less likely, and current expectations are for most areas to remain dry.
Clouds will be thicker again on Friday as the energy from the Midwest continues to move through. Temperatures will be similar to Thursday, if not a degree or two warmer, especially in the west. Winds will remain light out of the east.
The weather system will depart Friday night, taking all the moisture and clouds with it. Skies will clear, but it will not be too cool with lows Saturday morning mostly at or above 50 degrees.
Some fair weather clouds will bubble up on Saturday, but otherwise, it should remain sunny. Winds will turn more northerly, but temperatures will still rise with most areas at or above 70 degrees.
Mostly sunny skies are expected on Sunday. Morning lows will start in the 50s and afternoon highs will push into the mid 70s. Sunday is October 1st, and these temperatures will be about ten degrees above the daily averages.
There will be little to no change on Monday with lots of sunshine and highs in the mid and even upper 70s.
Toward the middle of next week, there may be a couple of weak impulses of atmospheric energy. These will bring in some scattered clouds and just a small chance for a stray shower. Temperatures will settle into the low and mid 70s and should remain there into next weekend. Nighttime temperatures will stick to the 50s.
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This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.