First Alert Weather: Cooler air, a few "mixed" showers this weekend

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ROCHESTER N.Y. (WHEC) — Welcome to the weekend! It isn’t all bad, but it isn’t perfect, either.

That big area of low pressure is finally making moves to the east, which is starting to put us on the cooler side of it. Generally speaking, this means cooler air this weekend and more unsettled weather. But it will be far from a washout! In fact, we’ll see plenty of dry time.

Saturday starts off dry. As we see a little sun, the combination of daytime heating, plus cooler air moving in aloft will set off some scattered showers, mainly during the afternoon. It’s possible we may see a few graupel pellets mixed in, but temperatures on Saturday should remain mild enough at the surface and aloft for mostly rain showers.

This will change on Sunday. Cooler air at the surface (lower 40s), and aloft will mix to produce some scattered rain, wet snow and graupel showers. But, don’t expect any accumulation out of this. Just a reminder of what April weather is like here in Western New York.

We’ll see a milder trend next week, with highs back in the 50s to near 60 next Monday, along with dry weather and a little more sun. Tuesday and Wednesday should be on the milder side, with highs in the 60s. But, we’ll have to keep track of a boundary (warm/cold front) that will meander nearby, and could impact our daytime highs a bit. At this point, the home opener for the Rochester Red Wings looks like we’ll see highs in the 60s (we’ll beat that 50 degree guarantee!) with mainly dry weather. A stronger storm system moving in on Thursday will bring in a stronger surge of warmer air, pushing us into the 70s, but also a better chance for some rain and maybe thunder.

If you are looking ahead to Easter weekend plans, we may be flipping the other way, with another batch of cooler air moving in. Stay tuned as we get a little closer to Easter Sunday.


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