First Alert Weather: Less chill on Friday, High winds return Saturday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — We’ll end the work week on a fairly quiet note, at least for December standards. A warm front lifting through tonight will bring a few hours of snow showers to the area, but little more than a fresh dusting or coating of snow.

This will exit by morning, and temperatures actually begin to climb through the 30s. Friday will be a milder day, with highs well into the 40s. Most of the day will be mostly cloudy, but we’ll see some sun making a return through the afternoon. Friday night will once again feature climbing temperatures.

In fact, a strong warm front lifting through may bring some rumbles of thunder by early Saturday morning, along with temperatures climbing into the 50s. Saturday will be a very changeable day, with near-record warmth in the mid-60s and a balmy breeze through early to mid-afternoon. This will also be accompanied by scattered rain showers. A strong cold front slicing through the area will bring another round of rain, perhaps a few gusty thunderstorms by mid to late afternoon, followed by another threat for high winds Saturday afternoon and evening. Much like this past Monday, the greatest threat for damaging winds will be Rochester west towards Buffalo. This is where some gusts could reach 60 mph late Saturday. A Yellow Alert remains in place for the high wind potential.

Winds will quickly die down by Sunday morning, being replaced by a cooler breeze, along with a good deal of sun. So, our weather quiets down nicely following Saturday’s wild weather. In fact, much of next week will feature well above average temperatures in the 40s and 50s, maybe flirting with 60 by Thursday, and plenty of dry time. Our next chance of precipitation doesn’t arrive until later Thursday with our next cold front.


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