Strong storm system brings rain, wind, and eventually cold

A strong storm centered over Wisconsin will bring rain and gusty winds to the Finger Lakes over the next couple of days,
A strong storm centered over Wisconsin will bring rain and gusty winds to the Finger Lakes over the next couple of days,

Rain showers are moving into the Finger Lakes Thursday morning. These showers are associated with a strong storm system tracking into the Upper Great Lakes.

A warm front will lift through the region Thursday morning. The bulk of the precipitation on Thursday will be during the morning with the warm front. Widespread showers are likely for a few hours before the precipitation lifts north and east.

A break in the precipitation for the early afternoon is likely with temperatures rising into the mid and upper 50s.

Another chance for showers will develop later this afternoon and evening as the cold front associated with the storm moves through. Showers will be less widespread, but could pack a bit of a punch with some wind gusts over 45 mph.

Cold air will start to filter in behind this first cold front. Strong winds will develop overnight, with gusts of 35-45 mph for most of the Finger Lakes. Further west, between Buffalo and Rochester, some stronger gusts of 50 mph or greater are possible.

It will remain windy on Friday with more showers likely. Rain will be especially likely later in the day as a second cold front moves through. Northwest winds will deliver a more substantial shot of cold behind this front. Lake effect rain and snow will develop southeast of the Great Lakes Friday night and linger into early Saturday.

The core of the cold will arrive on Saturday, with high temperatures failing to reach 40 degrees in some areas.

Sunday will be much nicer as high pressure builds in and winds turn towards the southwest. Afternoon highs should reach int0 the 50s under sunny skies.

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.