Cortland Weather Outlook: Thursday, January 2

Your Finger Lakes Weather forecast for Cortland and the surrounding areas for Thursday, January 2, 2020:

After a small reminder that it is, in fact, Winter, the weather will switch back to milder conditions today.

Temperatures will rise quickly this morning and shoot into the mid 40s for this afternoon. This is about 15-20 degrees above normal for early January.

Part of the big jump in temperatures will come from the ample amounts of sunshine. There may be a few clouds here and there, but much of the day should be mostly sunny.

The other factor will be steady southwest winds, pushing warmer air northward into the region. Winds will be between 7-12 mph with gusts of 20-25 mph.

Late in the day, a deck of thin clouds will encroach on the area with clouds continuing to thicken overnight. That will signal another change in the weather for tomorrow and the weekend.

Here is a look at the weather forecast for the next several days:

Friday: Mostly cloudy with on and off rain showers. Morning lows in the mid 30s. High temperatures in the low 40s.

Saturday: Periods of rain, eventually turning to snow. How early the rain becomes snow determines how much snow falls but is still highly uncertain. Temperatures peak early near 40, then either hold steady or drop into the 30s.

Sunday: A few snow showers early in the day. Morning temperatures in the upper 20s, falling to the mid 20s in the afternoon.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a couple flurries. Morning lows in the low 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 20s.