An area of low pressure over central Canada and a high pressure system over the Deep South have teamed up to change the weather pattern over the Finger Lakes.
Winds are now out of the southwest, which has pushed lake effect from both Ontario and Erie out of the area. Only a few stray flurries are lingering this morning.
As warmer air approaches the region, clouds will remain in place through today. However, the warmer air will not yet arrive, with highs mainly in the low and mid 30s this afternoon.
Winds will be lighter than yesterday with speeds at or under 10 mph and gusts under 25 mph.
Evening temperatures will drop into the mid and upper 20s. The clouds will start to break up and warmer air will begin to arrive. Temperatures should hold steady most of the night.
Thursday morning should have quite a bit of sunshine before some clouds gradually increase during the afternoon hours. Many of these clouds will be thin and should allow for at least filtered sunshine.
Southwest winds will continue to push milder air into the region and afternoon highs should mostly be in the mid 40s.
Clouds will continue to increase and thicken Thursday night. Combined with the persistent southwest wind, the clouds will help hold nighttime temperatures in the mid and upper 30s. A stray shower towards dawn cannot be ruled out.
Winds will increase late Thursday afternoon into the evening hour. Wind speeds will be slightly over 10 mph and gusts may approach 30 mph, particularly at higher elevations.
Soggy Weekend Weather
The first in a series of weather systems will move into the area on Friday. Widespread rain is likely, though it should not be a heavy rainfall with amounts generally staying under a half-inch.
Showers will increase during the morning hours, with the steadiest rain coming during the midday and afternoon hours. The rain will taper off and end late in the afternoon or early in the evening.
Light south winds will accompany the rain, keeping temperatures in the low and mid 40s Friday afternoon.
A second, small system will be close behind and should follow a similar path to the first. Rain showers will be possible Saturday, especially during the morning hours, but lingering into the early afternoon.
Most areas should see under a quarter-inch of rain on Saturday, though a narrow stripe of slightly higher amounts is possible.
Winds will be nearly calm Saturday and into Sunday as a pseudo frontal boundary remains overhead. Saturday’s temperatures will be a degree or two warmer than Friday, followed by mid and upper 40s on Sunday.
The third system to impact the area will ride along the fontal boundary on Sunday and may get some extra support from another developing low off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Precipitation may remain showery on Sunday, with the best chance for steadier precipitation coming during the late afternoon and evening hours. Rain is expected, but a little snow could mix in over higher elevations, depending on how everything unfolds.
Monday will have lingering showers with highs remaining in the 40s. A little snow may again mix in during the non-daylight hours over higher elevations.
Much of next week looks relatively quiet. Temperatures should take a bit of a dip toward the middle of the week with highs in the 30s, but signs of another warmer period thereafter continue to be present.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.
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