The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a warning for strong to severe thunderstorms heading towards western New York on Thursday. According to Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini, two rounds of storms are anticipated in the Rochester region. The first round is expected to last for several hours in the morning, followed by a second round in the afternoon, just before the evening commute, coinciding with the passage of a cold front.
Both rounds of storms are likely to bring heavy rain and lightning. By Thursday afternoon, high winds are expected, with gusts ranging between 40 and 50 mph. The Weather Service also cautions about potential flash flooding and ponding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.
Forecasters anticipate a slightly cooler day compared to recent ones, with a projected high temperature in the mid-80s.
Recent days have seen high temperatures, with Rochester experiencing temperatures above 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in the upper 80s on Sunday and Monday. Typically, the normal high in Rochester during the first week of September is 77 degrees.
Stay prepared and informed as thunderstorms approach! Learn what to expect and how to stay safe with this easy-to-understand weather update.