After 'heat wave,' Cortland should expect mild winter weather this week

Main Street looking south (Cortland Voice File Photo)

Monday brought record breaking high temperatures to parts of central New York, but don't expect to see temperatures in the 60s again anytime soon.

During yesterday's "heat wave," Cortland was as warm as 55 degrees between 1 and 3:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Syracuse reached 61 degrees, breaking the city's old record of 60 in 1991, and Binghamton also saw record high temps.

An approaching cold front means there is a slight chance for rain showers Tuesday. High temperatures will fall in the afternoon into the lower 30s and upper 20s, with lows around 15 overnight.

Wednesday will start off with dry weather, but precipitation will break out from west to east and continue into Thursday. High temperatures will be in the mid 30s. There is enough cold air around for some freezing rain early Wednesday morning, but most of the area will warm up enough for rain through Thursday. Ice accumulations will be light.

By Thursday morning, warmer air will allow any freezing rain to change to rain showers. There is a chance for a brief period of snow Friday evening into Saturday. Fair weather is expected to arrive Sunday.

Here is the extended Cortland County forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 40s.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Lows 15 to 20.

Wednesday: Rain likely with a chance of freezing rain. Highs in the mid 30s. Wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Thursday: Cloudy with a chance of rain. Highs in the upper 40s.

Friday: Rain likely a chance of snow showers. Highs in the lower 40s.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a chance of flurries. Highs in the lower 20s.

Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s.