Milder weather is in store for central New York but before it arrives we will have to contend with some wet weather. We are currently watching a weakening storm system driving northeast out of the Plains states this evening. We should see our clouds increase overnight. However, because the air near the ground will still be rather dry early tomorrow we think any steady precipitation will hold off until the middle of the day. By the time that happens, most of central New York will have temperatures above freezing. However, there may be some valley areas east and southeast of Syracuse that may still be close to freezing as the precipitation arrives. That means there could be a brief period of freezing. Thankfully, the precipitation will be very light as this happens.
The rain that moves through central New York tomorrow will be at the leading edge to an even warmer air mass headed this way for the weekend. We feel highs reach into the 50s Saturday and Sunday. In fact on Saturday, we could be close to the record of 57 set in 1932. We would have forecasted even warmer weather for Saturday if it weren’t for some uncertainty in our cloud cover.
All of this warming will happen as a storm (low pressure) drives northeast through the Great Lakes to start the weekend. As the low heads up into Canada Sunday, it will drag a cold front into Central New York. That will mean the chance for rain to end the weekend but temperatures will remain very mild.
Looking into early next week, cooler weather is scheduled to arrive early next week as high temperatures return to levels that are closer to reality for this time of year. 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.