First Alert Weather: Damaging wind threat Saturday, then a calm stretch of weather follows

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The big weather story is the threat of damaging wind Saturday evening.

A Red Alert is up for the chance of damaging wind gusts. But before that, the weather will feel more like spring. Temperatures in the 30s this evening will actually climb into the lower 50s by Saturday morning. Winds will pick up just a bit, but outages will not be a concern tonight. Rain showers move in with a warm front, along with the chance for some rumbles of thunder toward morning. Saturday will be breezy with record warmth likely (record high is 62 degrees for Saturday’s date). Showers will be off and on through the morning, with periods of dry weather. The cold front itself moves through between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from west to east, triggering our strong winds quickly thereafter. Winds will gust 50-65 mph, with some isolated gusts pushing 70 mph for a few hours, roughly from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. That will be our window for power outages and damage. Winds will slowly ease, with gusts 40-50 mph through midnight, then dropping off more by morning. Power outages obviously aren’t a guarantee, but it is a good idea to prepare now in case your neighborhood does lose power.

Sunday will be a much better day! We’ll see sunshine return, along with seasonable temperatures in the 40s, and still a bit breezy. But, the weather should cooperate if you do need to do any cleanup. Then, we’ll enjoy a nice stretch of very quiet weather through at least Wednesday of next week, with some sun, temperatures in the 40s and 50s, and dry weather. Our next round of rain shouldn’t arrive until next Thursday.


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