Winds will gust to 35 mph again on Thursday as temperatures push into the low and mid 60s.
The strong winds are being caused by a sharp gradient in pressure between high pressure to our southwest and the strong low pressure system that is finally pulling away from our area northeast of New England.
The wind today will be similar to Wednesday, with a northwest wind of 15-20 mph and gusts as high as 35 mph.
Unlike Wednesday, however, today should be filled with a good deal of sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures. The sun will be nicer to have than the “warm” up, as highs will still only reach the low and mid 60s today. While not much of an improvement, at least we will get out of the 50s.
Winds will lessen some this evening, but should continue to blow steadily through the night at 5-10 mph. That may not seem like much, but it should be enough to keep temperatures from dropping too drastically tonight under clear skies. Expect overnight lows mostly in the 40s, with the normally colder areas in the low and mid 40s and upper 40s in the normally warmer areas.
Friday will be sunny and warmer yet, with a few areas pushing towards 70 degrees. Clouds will increase Friday night ahead of a warm front that will push through Saturday morning with a couple of showers.
The forecast becomes uncertain for Saturday afternoon and evening, but the trend has been towards stormier weather for the Finger Lakes. If storms do in fact develop Saturday in our area, at least some scattered severe weather would become a decent bet. Large hail and damaging winds would be the primary threats, but I would be concerned for an isolated tornado or two as well. Again, this remains very uncertain, but the trends are becoming more favorable. Continue to monitor the forecast closely.
A cold front will move through early Sunday, ushering in more chilly air with highs again in the 60s. Next week should gradually moderate towards warm or even hotter weather.