Scattered storms again Wednesday afternoon in the Finger Lakes

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After some sunshine this morning, thunderstorms will again develop this afternoon, but with less of a severe threat than yesterday.

More showers and thunderstorms will develop Wednesday afternoon, but with a generally minimal risk of severe weather.

Wednesday Thunderstorms

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The threat for damaging winds and hail will be minor today in the Finger Lakes. [Click to Enlarge]
Another stormy afternoon is in store for the Finger Lakes today as a bundle of atmospheric energy sweeps through the region.

Out ahead of this disturbance, skies are mostly clear this morning with temperatures starting the day in the 50s. Those temperatures will warm as the sun climbs higher in the sky with temperatures into the 70s by the early afternoon.

There will be just enough energy in the atmosphere to pop some thunderstorms, starting around 1 or 2 pm. The coverage of the storms will likely be similar to yesterday, with individual cells impacting localized areas while many other areas do not get directly hit.

The coverage of the storms will likely be similar to, but a bit less than yesterday. Look for small, individual thunderstorm cells impacting localized areas while many other areas do not get directly hit. Check the FLX Radar throughout the afternoon to track the storms.

The severe threat is not as robust today as it was yesterday. A little small hail and some gusty winds will be possible, but almost all of the storms will remain below severe criteria.

Thunderstorms will continue into the mid afternoon hours, with a few storms across the Southern Tier and eastern Finger Lakes lingering into the late afternoon and early evening.

By sunset, the storms should be mostly dissipated and east of the region, with just a small chance for a shower overnight.

Dry Thursday & Saturday, But More Rain on the Way

The Finger Lakes will enjoy a rare dry day on Thursday as a bubble of high pressure slides through the area.

Skies should be a mix of sun and some clouds throughout the day Thursday.

Temperatures will be cool, with highs in the mid 60s and some breezy winds.

Friday will not be a washout, but some showers are likely during the afternoon. Temperatures will again be in the mid 60s.

Saturday is looking fairly sunny and dry, but temperatures will slide even further from normal, with highs in the low 60s.

The rain returns on Sunday, with widespread showers and a couple thunderstorms throughout the day. With the rain and clouds, temperatures may get stuck in the 50s.

The low pressure system responsible for the rain Sunday will stall out just northwest of the Finger Lakes. This will result in more showers and well below normal temperatures for the first half of next week.

Unfortunately, this cool, rainy pattern does not look like it will change anytime soon and could last well into June.


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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.). Drew and his wife have four young boys. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.

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