ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca miraculously missed the chance for snow again on Thursday, but rain is still in the forecast for the rest of the day.

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There’s a 50 percent chance for precipitation throughout the day with a high around 40 degrees and 10 to 15 mph winds, the National Weather Service reports.

The Weather Channel predicts that the rain will likely fall most heavily until around noon, with another burst of rain at 3 or 4 p.m.

The rain is a result of moisture being pulled across the country from El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, The Weather Channel says.

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The temperatures are above normal for this time of year with highs expected to be in the 40s along with partial sunshine throughout the weekend, according to Accueweather.com.

Sunday’s high of about 50 degrees will be about 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

According to Syracuse.com, the a very warm El Niño in the Pacific Ocean is causing abnormal warmth in the northeast, decreasing the usual chance for snow across the country.

“This year’s El Niño  is the strongest in at least 18 years and one of only five other strong El Niños since 1950,” according to The Weather Channel website. 

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.