Soggy Weekend Weather
A train of low pressure systems will move through the area through the weekend, bringing several rounds of rain and showers.
Clouds have thickened across the region out ahead of the first batch of rain this Friday morning. The rain should start to move in from the west during the latter parts of the morning, overspreading the region during the midday hours.
Steady rain will then fall for much of the afternoon, quickly tapering off to a few lingering showers early this evening. Rain totals will be on the order of a quarter to just under a half inch.
Light south winds will blow throughout the day, helping highs into the mid 40s for most areas this afternoon.
Skies will remain cloudy overnight with an occasional shower or some areas of drizzle. Overnight lows will be between 35-40 degrees. A lack of cold air aloft will prevent any snow, even in the colder areas.
Little will change from Friday night into Saturday, with additional stray showers and spits of drizzle throughout the day. Rain looks less likely in the afternoon, and I would not be totally surprised to see a brief glimpse of sunshine here or there.
Winds on Saturday will be southerly through the first half of the day, then will become nearly calm for the afternoon as the boundary these low pressures are riding along moves overhead.
Saturday will be the warmest day of the weekend, with many areas at or above 50 degrees. The broad valleys of the Southern Tier will likely reach the mid 50s. Temperatures Saturday night will drop to around 40 degrees.
Rain showers will move back in Sunday morning, gradually transitioning over to steadier rain later in the day. Winds will be light and variable and afternoon highs should be between 45-50 degrees.
December is Here!
It is hard to believe, but in just over three weeks, it will be Christmas! While the first half of December is looking mild and not snowy, it only takes a couple inches on Christmas Eve to make for a White Christmas. This potential will not become clear until the days leading up to Christmas, so do not fret (or get excited) about premature calls about a White Christmas.
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Cooler Next Week
Sunday’s weather system will be the strongest of the three and will help reset the weather pattern following its passage.
Northwest winds will increase Sunday evening as the low strengthens to our southeast. Cooler air will start to move in, but most areas should still see rain showers through Sunday night. A few wet snowflakes could mix in with overnight lows averaging in the mid 30s.
Stray showers will be possible on Monday, though there is some uncertainty about how many there will be and how long they will stick around. Temperatures will not be far from the seasonal averages, with a high around 40 degrees.
Tuesday and Wednesday next week both look cloudy and cool. A few stray flurries off the Great Lakes will be possible, but organized, accumulating snow seems very unlikely.
Tuesday will have morning lows near 30 degrees and afternoon highs in the mid 30s. Wednesday will start in the mid 20s and rise to the low 30s.
A small push of warmer air may touch off a few snow showers on Thursday, but significant precipitation is unlikely. Highs will only add a couple of degrees to the mid 30s.
By next weekend, afternoon highs may be back around or above 40 degrees. Some rain showers may be possible, but at this time, much of next week and next weekend look quiet and dry.
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.