Wild weather awaits for Wednesday

Clouds will gradually thicken on Tuesday ahead of a storm that will bring some wild weather to the FLX on Wednesday.
Clouds will gradually thicken on Tuesday ahead of a storm that will bring some wild weather to the FLX on Wednesday.

Tuesday morning is starting out cold across the Finger Lakes as only some thin clouds have managed to move in so far.

Clouds will gradually continue to thicken through the day, but a fair amount of filtered sunshine is likely, especially this morning. Combined with a strengthening southerly flow, temperatures should rise steadily this morning from lows in the 20s and 30s to highs  this afternoon in the mid 50s.

Rain will not begin to approach the Finger Lakes until well after midnight tonight, but by the  time the sun rises on Wednesday, most of the region should at least be seeing some light showers.

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Rain will become widespread and heavier through the morning hours before becoming a bit broken up in the afternoon. There will still be plenty of rain Wednesday afternoon, but a few breaks of dry weather are also possible.

The weather will start to crank up in intensity Wednesday afternoon as a strong southeast wind develops. For most locations, winds will gust between 40-50 mph on Wednesday afternoon. Some of the higher elevations around the Finger Lakes, however, could see gusts approaching 60 mph.

The strongest winds will be fairly brief and should begin to taper off by the evening. However, there is a chance that an interesting set up evolves Wednesday evening. Instead of temperatures dropping, it is possible that a pocket of warm air will actually push temperatures into the 60s during the evening and early overnight hours.

Should this happen, it would also be possible that some thunderstorms could end up developing, which could in turn produce some additional strong winds.

The active weather should begin to push east during the second half of the night as temperatures return to the 50s and winds lessen. A few more showers will be possible on Thursday, especially as a cold front passes through around midday. The wind will pick up again, but gusts should mostly be under 40 mph.

The last showers may linger into early Friday, but by Friday afternoon, some sun should shine. The weather looks fine for Trick-or-Treating on Saturday, with cloudy skies, but no precipitation, with evening temperatures in the upper 40s.

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.