Cool air aloft moving over Lake Ontario tonight will mean stubborn lake effect clouds for parts of central New York. As the wind overnight shifts into the north, the clouds will end up most prevalent west of Syracuse (along with the threat for a few flurries). Since the wind won’t be coming off Lake Ontario east of Syracuse, there is a good chance in those areas the skies will clear.
Any lingering lake effect clouds early in the day tomorrow will break up as the air aloft warms up and dries out. While this is going on, the main branch of the jet stream is going to start lifting north into central Canada. This will leave central New York in a zone of unusually quiet weather for the end of the week into the weekend.
Down at the ground, high pressure will build in from the Great Lakes and then park itself just north of the Northeast. This means we are in store for generally sunny days and clear nights from Thursday into Saturday. With the jet stream so far north, our winds during this time will be rather light and temperatures won’t be too far from the seasonal norms.
The next weather maker we have to watch out for is a developing area of low pressure off the East Coast. By late in the weekend, this low will be off the Mid Atlantic Coast and the counter clockwise winds around this storm will eventually bring moisture in the form of clouds back into central New York. However, we don’t feel there is any chance of rain around here until early next week.