Weekend weather forecast
High pressure will be present across the area for most of the weekend, keeping our area calm and dry.
Friday morning gets off to another cool start with clear skies and river valley fog. However, unlike yesterday, there should be a bit of cloud growth today with skies remaining mostly sunny.
Winds will be from the north thanks to the high’s location just to the west and the influence of Hurricane Lee as it approaches the waters off the New England coast. Wind speeds will be 5-10 mph with a few gusts approaching 20 mph.
Winds will clash with sunshine, although temperatures should still be a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday. Most areas should see highs in the upper 60s with urban areas reaching around 70 degrees.
Skies are expected to be clear throughout most of the night, although some cirrus clouds on the edge of the lee may push through the eastern half of the region during the predawn hours.
It will be cold again with temperatures widespread in the mid 40s on Saturday morning. Temperatures near the lake will be closer to 50 degrees, and some cold pockets will likely appear in the southwest tier, where clouds from Lee will not arrive.
The clouds associated with Lee will depart during the morning hours, leaving for another sunny afternoon across the region. Winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph and gusts up to 25 mph as Lee passes. The winds in the eastern half of the region will be slightly stronger than the western winds.
Highs Saturday afternoon will be in the upper 60s and low 70s.
The winds will shift to westerly-southwesterly on Saturday evening, and some clouds accompanying the upcoming weather condition will move in after midnight. This, in turn, should make Sunday morning a little warmer, with middle and high temperatures in the 40s in the south and low temperatures in the 50s in the north.
Daylight hours on Sunday should remain dry, although clouds will be common. The winds will be southerly, but almost calm. However, temperatures will rise a few additional degrees between 70-75 degrees for all but a few elevations.
Unstable weather for a short period, then more dry weather
Scattered rain will move into the Finger Lakes Sunday evening and overnight. This rain is not expected to be heavy or widespread, with rain amounts ranging from zero to twenty inches by Monday morning.
Additional scattered showers and possibly some thunder are possible on Monday. Again, the rain should not be heavy or widespread, and much of the day will likely end up fairly dry. The afternoon will likely have the greatest concentration of showers.
Temperatures on Monday will start out in the upper and lower 50s. However, with clouds and rain, highs will only be in the mid to upper 60s.
Clouds and some rain will continue Monday night and into early Tuesday morning before clearing. Tuesday afternoon should be sunny, but with a steady northwesterly breeze. Average temperatures Tuesday morning across the region will reach near 50 degrees while afternoon highs remain in the upper 60s.
Some warm air will begin to take effect Wednesday under mostly sunny skies. After morning lows in the 40s, afternoon highs should return to the low 70s. Thursday will add a few more degrees with highs in the mid 70s.
After Monday’s rain, it could be another week before we see rain chances again as dry weather continues into next weekend and the following weekend.
Temperatures should remain in the 70s during the same time period, and will likely continue through most of the following week as well.
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This figure represents the average for the entire Finger Lakes region. Local variations should be expected.
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