Clouds are stubborn over central New York this evening and will remain so into the start of the weekend. Here’s what’s happening. A boundary, a warm front, is setting up to our southwest us and areas along and north of the front will be the focal point for plenty of clouds. In spite of all the clouds, however, there is not a lot of lift in the atmosphere to turn the moisture into widespread rain. Any showers between now and tomorrow night will be spotty and light in nature. Once the front moves to our north, our weather improves in a big way for the end of the weekend.
While we were stuck under the clouds and 40 degree weather this afternoon, temperatures in the 70s and even low 80s were building north across the Plains and east to the Mississippi Valley. This air will continue to build northeast as we head through the weekend.
The warm front is forecast to move well north of the region by Sunday morning, thus brisk south to southwest winds will import the unseasonably warm air into the region. The combination of sunshine and brisk southwest winds should push temperatures to near or even above 70°. The record for Sunday is 72 set back in 2002 and we will challenge it. The unseasonably warm air should last into Monday.
The warm weather looks to be a two day affair for central New York. While we warm into the 60s on Monday, a cold front will approach us from the west. This front will sweep from west to east across the region Monday night with showers and even some thunder along with a gusty breeze. In the wake of the front, cooler air will move back in for Tuesday. In fact, any rain showers will change to snow showers.