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On and off showers into Friday, windy but clearing to end the week

Friday: Mostly cloudy in the AM with a 30% chance of isolated showers, then becoming windy and clearing to mostly sunny by the PM. Winds: W 10-20 mph, Gusts: 30-35 mph, High: 65 (63-68)

Friday night: Partly cloudy to mostly clear skies. Winds: SW 4-8 mph, Low: 51 (47-53)

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of spotty late day showers. High: 78, Low: 58

Forecast Discussion

Friday isn’t going to be much warmer, especially with a stiff wind out of the west along the tight pressure gradient. Lingering clouds and showers will be around in the morning, before skies quickly clear out and winds pick up, with gusts near 30 to 35 mph at times. This dry spell will continue into Friday night and Saturday morning, but it’s going to be very short lived. Clouds will build back in during the day Saturday, and while a good portion of the day will be dry, spotty showers are likely to arrive again before sunset. At the very least, highs will be back into the upper 70’s by this point.

This unsettled activity is all going to be caused by a very slow moving cold front that will eventually become a stationary boundary that just won’t leave. Starting out, this cold front will very slowly cross the area Sunday, giving us our highest chance of showers and storms in the extended period. By Monday, this front will be just barely south of us and beginning to become a stationary boundary, meaning more scattered showers and storms.

While this is all happening, weak pieces of energy will funnel along this stationary front, keeping every day with a chance of rain, but not as complete washouts, in the extended term. Wednesday is the day with the lowest rain chance, as the boundary looks to be at its farthest south point away from the Twin Tiers. Aside from that, it’s a typical early summer unsettled pattern with highs in the upper 70’s.

Damon Matson

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