Strong morning winds lead to damage and power outages

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Damaging winds are likely this morning throughout the Finger Lakes. Winds will diminish this afternoon, leaving behind a new pattern of cold weather. [Photo by Meteorologist Drew Montreuil]

Winds Diminish by the Afternoon

Strong winds in the wake of last night’s storm system will create issues this morning.


Widespread gusts of 45-60 mph will continue across the Finger Lakes for several more hours this morning. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories are in place.

After the heavy rain last night, the ground is saturated. The strong winds will have an easier time uprooting trees in the loose, soggy soil. Numerous power outages are expected through the region as a result.

Some limited lake effect precipitation has developed on the strong west winds. Rain and a few snow showers dot the region, especially in the Southern Tier. Outside of the lake effect, skies will be a mix of sun and clouds.

The lake effect should dissipate this morning and the winds will follow during the midday hours. The afternoon should be much less windy than this morning.

High temperatures today will only manage to reach the low to perhaps mid 40s thanks to the cold winds.

Overnight, winds will become nearly calm. Some clouds will linger in the area, keeping temperatures from falling too far. Lows Saturday morning will range from the 20s in the Southern Tier to the mid and upper 30s near the lakes.

Staying Cool

A south wind will strengthen after sunrise on Saturday, but will only top out with gusts around 25 mph. Morning sunshine will give way to some clouds in the afternoon, but no precipitation is expected. Look for highs to range from the mid 40s to near 50 degrees.

A weak front will slide through Saturday night. The front itself is unlikely to have any precipitation, but some lake effect off Lake Erie will again be possible Sunday morning. Like today, this will be a mix of rain and a few snowflakes.

Winds will turn back to the west-southwest behind the front and the cold air will be reinforced. Highs on Sunday will range from the upper 30s in the western Southern Tier to the mid 40s near Lake Ontario.

Monday will be a quiet day with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will rebound slightly with highs in the mid and upper 40s. South winds Tuesday ahead of a small weather system will boost temperatures into the low 50s. A few showers will be possible.

Another front will move through on Thursday morning, setting temperatures back even further. After highs in the mid and upper 30s on Thursday, Friday’s temperatures will have a hard time reaching even 30 degrees. Morning lows Friday and Saturday will be well into the 20s.

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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.