After a mild start to the weekend we’re going to finish on an even balmier note. A cold front will near central New York on Sunday, increasing our winds out of the south/southwest and bringing rain showers, especially in the afternoon.
We stay mild tonight as we watch the cold front approaching. Since the ground is rather cold and still somewhat snow-covered, the warm air moving over the cooler ground will create fog in areas. We’re expecting that visibilities may drop down to a quarter of a mile for areas in the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of the state. That fog will be slow to burn off in the morning, so keep that in mind as you plan your travels.
The leading edge to cooler air will be right on our doorstep Sunday morning as rain arrives mainly in the North Country to start the day. As the afternoon progresses, rain will become somewhat more widespread and we expect showers to be around central New York. In addition to the rain, winds will pick up as well. We’re expecting southwest gusts upwards of 25mph possible. These winds will help keep us mild though. In fact, Sunday should be the warmer day of the weekend.
Looking into early next week, cooler weather is scheduled to arrive early next week behind Sunday’s frontal passage. As a result, we expect high temperatures return to levels that are closer to reality for this time of year with generally dry weather expected. Even farther down the pike, there are indications that sharply colder weather may try and move back into the region later next week and beyond. However, that is many days away and things may change.