Unsettled weather remains through Saturday

finger lakes weather forecast thursday april 4 2024 rain snow showers
Precipitation will increase late today and turn to light snow overnight with minor accumulations. [Photo by Gwen Moshier]

Rain and Snow Showers

Low pressure stalled out over Michigan has transferred much of its energy to a new low just off the shore of Long Island.

This second low will move to a position along the Massachusetts coast and stall out for a couple of days, keeping our weather grey and dreary.

For this morning, the bulk of the precipitation is to our east and northeast. Stray showers and drizzle remain across the Finger Lakes, but will remain light.

A few locations are at or below freezing early this morning, so there may be a few slick spots on the roads. These should disappear by mid-morning as temperatures rise.

It will remain very cloudy today with continued showers and drizzle. The precipitation may increase later this afternoon as moisture from the low wraps around and heads south, back into our region.

Light east winds will turn to the north this afternoon with speeds increasing slightly. Temperatures will be coolest in the hills south of Syracuse, where highs will struggle to reach 40 degrees. Highs near or just above 40 degrees will be common across the remainder of the northern half of the region, while mid 40s are more likely in the Southern Tier.

After sunset, temperatures will quickly fall to the low and mid 30s, turning rain over to snow. Some periods of steadier light snow will continue on and off overnight.

Many places will probably see a light dusting of snow and isolated locations, especially higher elevations, may see a slushy inch or two of accumulation. Slick spots on the roads are expected into early Friday morning, but overall, travel should not be too difficult.

Snow showers will continue into Friday morning, gradually turning back over to rain showers as temperatures creep upward through the 30s. A few higher elevations may hold on to snow showers into the afternoon, but no additional daytime accumulation is expected.

Highs on Friday will be in the mid and upper 30s in higher elevations, and near or just above 40 degrees in the lower elevations.

Winds will be stronger, coming in from the northwest with speeds of 10-15 mph with gusts around 30 mph.

finger lakes weather 7-day forecast thu apr 4 | thur, rain and snow showers low 40 | fri, rain and snow showers near 40 | sat, am rain and snow showers mid 40 | sun, sun and clouds upper 40 | mon, sun and thin clouds upper 50 | tues, sun and clouds mid 60 | wed, late showers low 60
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected. Click to enlarge.

Gradually Clearing Out

Rain and snow showers will linger Friday Night and into Saturday morning. A few spits of precipitation may even make it into Saturday afternoon.

However, incoming high pressure and the weakening of the coastal low will both contribute to an influx of drier air. This should cut off the showery weather sometime on Saturday. There is even a small chance for a few glimpses of sunshine before it sets.

Winds on Saturday will still be from the northwest but will increase speed slightly as the high butts up against the low. Top gusts will be near 35 mph. Nonetheless, high temperatures should be in the low and mid 40s.

Sunshine will take over in the forecast for the next few days, though there will be clouds here and there, including on Monday.

First, on Sunday, the clouds will most likely be over eastern areas during the morning hours. These should break up as the morning goes on, and most of the area should be mostly sunny during the afternoon.

Sunday’s winds will be from the north and there could be a few gusts approaching 30 mph. Temperatures will still continue to rise, though, with highs ranging from the mid 40s in higher elevations to the low 50s in some of the valley locations.

A batch of thin clouds continues to be expected on Monday. As expected, the models continue to waffle around on the extent and timing of these clouds. After trending in the wrong direction from Tuesday to Wednesday, the trend has now reversed again with clearing skies for the afternoon.

This is a telltale sign that it is still too early to say with much confidence exactly how cloudy or clear the skies will be during the narrow window of the eclipse, so continue to monitor the forecast through the weekend.

Temperatures will continue to rise, with highs Monday in the mid and upper 50s with 60s Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unsettled weather will move in again late next week with some rain possible early as Wednesday evening, but more likely on Thursday.

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finger lakes weather 7-day forecast thu apr 4 | thur, rain and snow showers low 40 | fri, rain and snow showers near 40 | sat, am rain and snow showers mid 40 | sun, sun and clouds upper 40 | mon, sun and thin clouds upper 50 | tues, sun and clouds mid 60 | wed, late showers low 60
This graphic represents an average over the entire Finger Lakes region. Localized variations should be expected.

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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.

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