Weather Improves Friday
After a stormy day on Thursday, Friday is starting off on the cloudy side. A few showers also still linger over the eastern Finger Lakes.
Those showers should be moving out of the picture before mid-morning. The clouds will take a bit longer to be rid of.
However, with time, skies should turn sunny from west to east through the second half of the morning and the afternoon.
For areas further west, the longer time in the sun will result in temperatures pushing into the 80s this afternoon. Highs should be in the upper 70s further east.
There will be a very small chance for one or two pop-up showers or light thunderstorms this afternoon. These will be very few and far between, so most areas will not see any additional rain today.
Temperatures will slide back through the 70s this evening with overnight lows comfortably mild in the mid 60s.
Heat Increases This Weekend
The temperature will continue to trend upward Saturday and Sunday as a persistant southerly flow transports warm air north.
The warmest temperatures on Saturday will be found in the Lake Ontario Lowlands in the northern Finger Lakes. Here, highs Saturday should reach the mid 80s fairly easily.
Further south, temperatures will be a bit cooler with upper 70s and low 80s likely.
A couple more isolated showers or thunderstorms may be possible on Saturday, but the chances for rain remain a bit uncertain with no significant weather system to trigger any activity.
The south wind will start to increase Saturday night and will become quite blustery on Sunday. Gusts over 30 mph will be commonplace during the day on Sunday.
With sunny skies, temperatures should push well into the 80s with a few places in the northern Finger Lakes flirting with 90 degrees.
It will also be very humid, making it feel very sticky and a few degrees warmer.
Sunday Severe Threat
All of that heat, humidity, and wind will set the stages for an active late afternoon across the Finger Lakes as a strong cold front approaches from the west.
Showers and thunderstorms may become numerous across the area, particularly for areas further west.
The atmosphere seems like it will be more than capable of at least a few strong to severe thunderstorms. At this time, damaging winds will be the primary threat.
Should storms focus over the Genesee Valley, flash flooding could be a real concern after 1.5-3 inches of rain that fell in those areas yesterday.
There is still plenty of uncertainty in regards to Sunday’s weather, so continue to monitor the forecast for updates.