Sunshine Thursday and milder

Sunshine Thursday and milder

<B>(Wednesday Evening April 3, 2013)</B> Skies will finally clear tonight across central New York as our winds begin to die down. There should be a good deal of sunshine for Thursday and the temperatures will finally get back closer to normal for early April.
The pattern that brought us lake effect snow and cold the past two days is starting to break down.  The core of the cold air will shift north back into Canada over the next 24 hours as high pressure builds into central New York clearing our skies out.  This high will control our weather Thursday so we do expect a good deal of sunshine.  As the high shifts to our east, our winds will turn into the southwest and we will start to import milder air.  That is why we think there will be a quick return to more seasonable weather tomorrow.

A weak cold front will drop south out of Canada for Thursday night and Friday.  The most important feature with this front will be an increase in our cloud cover into early Friday.  The best lift, and thus best chance for a sprinkle or flurry, will be to the northeast of central New York. Behind the cold front we expect a change in air masses and it will be slightly cooler for Friday and Saturday but nothing like the winter-like chill over us earlier this week.

Our weather becomes more unsettled for the end of the weekend and early next week.  A series of low pressure systems will track through the middle of the country northeast toward central New York.  While the air ahead of these systems will be relatively mild, our chances for rain showers will also increase.

After Monday, there are some question marks in the forecast.  In the wake of the second area of low pressure, a front will move through central New York and whether that front stays south of the region or not will determine our weather in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.  Right now, the consensus from most (but not all) of our computer models is that the front will stay just to our south keeping our temperatures just a bit below normal.  There is still some uncertainty with this part of the forecast so make sure to check back over the next few days.
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