Cortland Weather Outlook: Thursday, November 18

Your Cortland County weather forecast for Thursday, November 18, 2021:

A strong cold front will move through today with rain and chilly afternoon temperatures.

The temperature will rise this morning for a few hours ahead of the front and should reach its high point near or before noon. This high point should be in the mid 50s.

From there, temperatures will fall rather quickly into the mid 40s during the afternoon. By sunset, temperatures will only be a little above 40 degrees, and 30s will take over during the evening.

Accompanying the front will be a band of light but slow moving rain. The rain should arrive during the mid to late morning and will continue into the early evening. There may be periods within that in which the rain tapers off for a while. Total rain amounts should be between a quarter and half inch.

Ahead of the front, winds will be from the south and southwest at around 10 mph. Winds will turn to the west or northwest as the front moves through before settling on a westerly direction by the evening. Wind speeds will not change much with the frontal passage, and if anything, will be a bit weaker. 

Some lake effect snow showers will develop off Lake Erie tonight and move into the area. These will be on and off and should not put down much if any accumulation. The chances for snow will diminish after midnight as the band sinks further south.

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

Friday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered snow showers. Morning lows in the upper 20s. Afternoon highs in the upper 30s.

Saturday: Sunshine filtered through thin clouds. Morning lows in the mid 20s. Afternoon highs near 40.

Sunday: Cloudy with increasing showers. Morning lows in the low 30s. Afternoon highs in the low 40s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers or late flurries. Morning temperatures in the mid 40s. Afternoon temperatures falling to the upper 30s.