Near-record warmth has arrived. For those living in the region, it’s a welcomed change that makes everyone start thinking about spring.
While many won’t expect it to hang on much longer than a few days, the extended forecast doesn’t look nearly as potent as one might imagine mid- to late-February being in the Finger Lakes.
FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil reports the following for the next several days:
The floodgates to record warmth are open in the Finger Lakes, with highs expected to be at or above 60 degrees for the remainder of the work week.
The latest and greatest taste of Spring in the Finger Lakes will begin in earnest today.
Clouds and a couple of isolated showers linger across the region this morning. However, skies to the west are clear and the sunshine should increase through the day. A shower will remain possible, even as skies begin to clear, but most areas will stay dry today.
Temperatures are starting the day anywhere from the upper 30s to the low and mid 40s. South winds at the surface and westerly winds aloft will pump warm air into the region from the south and west.
Many places should rise to 60 degrees today, with a large chunk of the Finger Lakes even exceeding 60 degrees slightly. For most areas, today’s temperatures will be shy of the daily records.
Record highs are more likely to fall on Thursday and Friday. A few places, including Ithaca, may even challenge their all-time February record high temperatures. Ithaca’s mark currently sits at 67 degrees, set in 1997.
Mid and upper 60s are likely on Thursday. Skies will be mostly cloudy, but some breaks of sun are possible. A few showers will arrive late in the day.
Friday remains a bit less certain as a batch of rain moves through during the morning hours. If the rain lingers long enough, temperatures could be prevented from getting too warm. it is more likely, however, that sun breaks out in the afternoon and warm air floods in. A few places may even flirt with 70 degrees on Friday if everything comes together perfectly.