Wind storm peaks Monday morning

finger lakes weather forecast monday febrary 25 2019 wind storm high wind warning
Most of the Finger Lakes will see the strongest winds from the current wind storm Monday morning, though the afternoon will only off a very slight improvement. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil, Aurora]

High Wind Warnings

Wind gusts will increase in intensity this morning after a windy night as this long duration wind event reaches its peak.

While gusts overnight were generally in the 45-55 mph range, winds through the morning will gust between 55-60 mph with a few localizes gusts as high as 65 mph.

The best chance for wind gusts over 60 mph will be along and north of I-90 along with the Bristol Hills and higher elevations of the eastern Finger Lakes. The valleys of the Southern Tier will have the lowest wind gusts.

These winds will continue to come from the west and west-northwest.

The intensity will drop slightly this afternoon with gusts of 50-55 mph. A more substantial drop off is likely after the sun sets with gusts of 30-40 mph this evening and 20-30 mph overnight.

Lake effect flurries and squalls will be widespread this morning. Accumulations will be minimal, but whatever does fall will blow around, making for some reduced visibility and a few slick spots on the roads.

Snow will consolidate into a single band off Lake Ontario this afternoon, staying north of the Finger Lakes across Oswego and Oneida county. A few scattered flurries will remain possible in the Finger Lakes.

Temperatures today will hover in the low and mid 20s with wind chills between -5 and + 5 degrees.

Colder Stretch of Weather

Tuesday will still be breezy as northwest winds pick up again after sunrise. Top gusts on Tuesday will be in the 30-35 mph range.

The band of lake effect snow will drop south during the morning hours. A brief burst of heavy snow will accompany the band across the northern and eastern Finger Lakes before the band dissipates around noon.

Expect a quick half-inch to inch of snow, reduced visibility, and changing road conditions. A couple snow squall warnings may even be needed.

Temperatures will struggle to get much beyond 20 degrees Tuesday afternoon, but some breaks of sun will be possible.

Wednesday will likewise be cold with highs around or below 20 degrees. Winds will be light, but a clipper system will bring an area of snow in for the afternoon and evening hours. Several inches of accumulation is likely.

Temperatures will moderate some behind that system, with mid 20s on Thursday and 30s Friday and Saturday.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
Follow Meteorologist Drew Montreuil:
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 three young boys and also run a goat milk soap business, Ye Olde Goat Cart. When not working or playing with the boys, he is probably out for a run through the countryside.