First Alert Forecast: Unsettled Sunday with rain and snow showers

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – Rain and snow showers will keep our Sunday on the unsettled side. A washout is not expected, but occasional rain and snow showers will make you need the umbrella through today.

The unsettled weather will continue through the afternoon before things begin to dry out this evening. With the extra cloud cover across our region, temperatures will struggle to warm up. Afternoon highs today will be around the 40s degree mark, due to that cloud cover.

Clouds stick around for tonight and into Monday, but we will be much drier, and the sun tries to break out Monday afternoon. Temperatures will also begin to turn milder again with highs near 50 before making their way into the mid 50s for Wednesday and Thursday. However, the unsettled weather we talked about yesterday, is still in the forecast for the middle and end of this week.

Our first chance for rain showers will come on Wednesday. An area of low pressure over the Southeast will slide through the Mid-Atlantic and bring increased clouds and occasional rain showers. We will be monitoring trends with this area of low pressure because if trends take it a bit further north than it will be a bit more of a washout. The opposite would occur with southerly trends as that would bring less of a chance to see rain.

Right on the heels of this chance for rain on Wednesday will be another area of low pressure that will swing in for Thursday and through the early part of next weekend. This second wave of low pressure will bring us scattered sowers on Thursday and a chance for isolated showers on Friday. We will once again be monitoring trends on this one for Thursday. Models are signaling more widespread rain Thursday, but as of now our region is right on the cutoff of seeing widespread rain or isolated rain showers. Regardless, temperatures will be on the mild side as a warm front lifts to our north. Then, this wave of low pressure will bring us a shot of cooler air for next weekend as it swings through. Temperatures next weekend are expected to be stuck in the 40s, but milder weather returns for next week.

An upper level ridge over the Western US will move over the Eastern US early next week and push the jet stream to our north. this will invite milder weather across our region, and the opportunity to see 60s, and possibly 70s! This would also keep the storm track to our north, and bring much more sunshine locally and little chance for rain.

Yesterday, we talked about the question of if it is here to stick around or if it will slowly fade towards Easter. Clues this morning are showing that this will slowly fade unfortunately, and bring temperatures back down towards where we are supposed to be towards Easter. With that will also come the chance for unsettled weather towards Easter weekend as well. Still a ways a way with changes likely, but this will be something to monitor as we move towards next week.

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