Record warmth expected Thursday

Much warmer than average temperatures will continue through the work week.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 4:43 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2021 5:02 PM

Spring has come early to Central New York! The first day of spring was on Saturday, but it's rare to actually see this type of weather stick around. This time of the year, high temperatures are typically in the low to mid 40s. Lately, highs have been in the 60s for the past three days, with lots of sunshine! Some may call this the "Spring of Deception" because it's inevitable that the weather will turn colder.

The jet stream has driven far to the north, bringing a surge of spring warmth to the eastern half of the country. The weather will eventually cool down, but not for a few more days. A weak weather system arrives on Wednesday, bringing a very light amount of rain to the region. Highs will be cooler, in the 50s.  Here's a look at expected rainfall totals:

A surge of even warmer weather arrives on Thursday. Sunshine, with highs in the 70s! The daily record high is 71 set back in 2003. This is likely going to be broken, especially if we get enough sunshine.

Thing will change beginning Friday. Low pressure is expected to drive in from the west, bringing widespread rainfall. In the wake of this system, a push of colder weather will arrive on Saturday. Highs will drop into the upper 40s to low 50s. Another low pressure system on Sunday will do the same, bringing rain and another drop in the temperature. By Monday morning, it looks cold enough for light snow showers in Central New York. This colder pattern is only temporary, though, with a warming trend to follow.

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