Storms rumble through the Finger Lakes Tuesday

finger lakes weather forecast tuesday october 2 2018 thunderstorms rain downpours cold front
Thunderstorms during the morning and again in the afternoon will make for a soggy, stormy Tuesday in the Finger Lakes. [Photo by Ted Marks]

Multiple Rounds of Storms

A stormy day is in store for the Finger Lakes as a couple round of rain and thunderstorms move through the area.

A warm front remains draped from west to east over the Finger Lakes while low pressure has moved into Michigan.

Widespread rain and thunderstorms are out ahead of the low along the front throughout Western New York and the western Finger Lakes.

This rain will continue to move east early this morning. There is a good deal of lightning with this activity, but severe weather will not be an issue. Locally heavy downpours will be possible.

By the late morning, this round of storms will be to the east and our region will get a brief break. New rain and thunderstorms will then develop for the afternoon.

finger lakes weather storm prediciton center tuesday october 2 2018 outlook
Areas in Yellow across the Southern Tier have a Level 2- Slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon as per the Storm Prediction Center. Click to enlarge the map.

Once again, the rain should be quite widespread. Multiple thunderstorms will be possible in any given area which could lead to rain totals in excess of an inch.

The heavy downpours will be the primary concern with the storms and could lead to some local, small scale flash flooding in poor drainage areas or along smaller streams.

There is a small chance for some gusty winds in a few of the storms, especially across the Southern Tier. The Storm Prediction Center has a Level 2 risk across our southern areas, indicative of a few scattered wind damage reports being possible.

Rain and thunderstorms should end this evening as the low presses east and drags a cold front through the region.

Nicer Behind Front

Clouds and a few showers will linger in the region overnight. Areas that see a good dose of rain may also see some fog develop by Wednesday morning.

Some of the cloudiness may be stubborn and linger through the morning, but skies should start to clear by the afternoon.

Winds will start the day light from the northwest, but will completely reverse direction for the afternoon with southeast winds.

Morning temperatures will start in the mid 50s. By the afternoon, expect highs to reach the low and mid 60s, with areas in the west generally warmer than those in the east.

Temperatures Wednesday night will briefly drop back into the 50s before warming overnight. Western areas could be in the mid or upper 60s by Thursday morning with low 60s in the east.

Morning sunshine and a gusty southwest wind will push temperatures into the mid 70s. A band of showers will then move through during the afternoon as a cold front drops southeast across the region. At this point, the rain Thursday looks scattered and fairly weak.

Temperatures will drop into the low and mid 40s for Friday morning with more areas of fog possible. The afternoon will be near 60 degrees with sunny skies.

Warmer weather is expected for the weekend, possibly with some rain Saturday night or Sunday.

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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 goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.