Memorial Day Weekend: Kicks off cool and rainy, but how will it end?

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s not going to be the prettiest kickoff to the Holiday weekend as a strong system moves from the Ohio Valley into Western New York Friday. This will bring widespread rain and much cooler air into the region before high pressure takes control for the second half of the weekend, and temperatures warm back closer to seasonable levels.

Here’s the breakdown:

Temperatures trend “UP” after Friday

SUNDAY: Recent model guidance has our pesky low swinging back up to the north resulting in chances for a few isolated showers mainly across the Finger Lakes region. Most of the day should be spent dry, but these lows can be finicky. Don’t be surprised to see a stray drop or two around Rochester, but odds are we trend drier heading into the second half of the Holiday weekend.

An easterly wind will dominate most of the weekend even up to this point, which means it will feel COOL. This means even Memorial Day might require the lighter jacket especially early on in the day.

MEMORIAL DAY: Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel appears on the Holiday itself. I think this will be the best day of the entire weekend with a mix of both clouds and sun that appears later on in the day. Temperatures will do their best to rise into the upper 60s, and possibly low 70s for those that see the sun, but more clouds around will mean slightly cooler temperatures. It may not be the best day for a swim temperature wise, but any outdoor plans look good to go for observing the Holiday. However you choose to spend the day, I hope you make it a great one.

Another look at the local forecast HERE.

~Meteorologist Christine Gregory

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