Weather Forecast: Breezy, but Not as Cold Today

Detailed forecast for Rochester, the Lakeshore & Finger Lakes

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) -

JANUARY SNOWFALL: 25.4"

SEASONAL SNOWFALL: 62.7"

FRIDAY SUNRISE: 7:37 AM

FRIDAY SUNSET: 5:06 PM

 

 

Part two of the January thaw commences today with a seasonable brand of chill, and even a little bit of sun. Clouds will win the morning, but we should at least see breaks of sun returning through the afternoon  as high pressure builds in from the south. This will make for a nicer looking Friday, and temperatures should slowly rise above freezing. Although it will be breezy, the combination of rising temperatures and slightly less wind than yesterday will make the day today perfect for all outdoor winter weather enthusiasts. The weekend brings a couple of forecast challenges. Although we will still see a thaw, that thaw now looks somewhat muted. A stalled out front close to the Lake Ontario shoreline will be to blame. The approach of that front as a warm front tonight will keep temperatures in the 30s as winds pick up out of the southwest. As that front slows down right on top of Rochester, it will serve as a boundary allowing clouds to develop along it. Winds closer to the lake shore will turn onshore keeping it cloudier and damper there as drizzle develops during the day, while breaks of sun develop over the Finger Lakes. That same front will stay with us on Sunday but may lift a bit to the north to allow for temperatures to make their way back to near 40 in Rochester.  An approaching area of Low pressure in the Mid-West will safely send our winds into the south on Monday setting the stage for the mercury to climb squarely into the 40s region wide. Rain will develop from west to east during the day.  This round of rain in conjunction with snow melt could set the stage for some minor ice jam flooding on local rivers creeks and streams. Temperatures fall back again on Tuesday from the 40s into the 30s with any lingering moisture changing back over to snow. Again, we don't expect any snow accumulation from this, but lake effect will begin to pick up by Wednesday and Thursday, with minor accumulations possible. Bottom line: We are entering a relatively benign pattern featuring a lack of severe cold or snowstorms of any real consequence. 

 
FRIDAY: Clouds giving way to sun. Not as windy as Thursday. Great day for winter sports!
HIGH: 36
WIND: SW 10-20 mph
 
SATURDAY: Clouds and limited sun. Drizzle possible near Lake Ontario. Brightest in the Finger Lakes.
LOW: 29
HIGH: 36
WIND: Variable 10-15 mph
 
SUNDAY: Rather cloudy, but dry, and somewhat milder.
LOW: 32
HIGH: 41
WIND: W 10-15 mph

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