Front breaks heat with a few stronger thunderstorms

A cold front will push through the Finger Lakes, ending the heat wave. Conditions are favorable for a few stronger storms to develop along the front this afternoon.
A cold front will push through the Finger Lakes, ending the heat wave. Conditions are favorable for a few stronger storms to develop along the front this afternoon.

Cooler, more seasonable temperatures are on our doorstep as a cold front makes slow but steady progress eastward.

Ahead of this front, it remains warm and muggy. Some areas in the eastern Finger Lakes could even make another run at the upper 80s or even 90 degrees before the front arrives in those areas late this afternoon. Further west, the front will arrive as soon as the late morning for far western New York and during the early afternoon for the western Finger Lakes.

Now that the timing of the front is more certain, so is the precipitation that will come with the front. Since the front will pass through the Finger Lakes during the peak heating of the day, showers and thunderstorms should redevelop along the front early this afternoon.

As rain and thunder heads east, a few of the storms could get a bit on the strong side, with damaging winds the primary threat. This should not be a widespread event, but a few locally intense storms will be possible.

The front should clear the Finger Lakes by dinner time tonight and cooler air will flood into the region. The front will slow its eastward progress as an area of low pressure develops and moves north along it. This could bring some showers to the eastern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier on Thursday.

With the clouds and showers, temperatures on Thursday will top out in the upper 60s, while areas that see some sun should make it to the low 70s.

Friday and most of Saturday should be pleasant before a new system brings cool, showery and blustery weather for Sunday.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.) When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making soap, or playing with his two young boys.