First Alert Weather: The calm after the storm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After experiencing winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour on Saturday, Western New York enjoyed some much-improved weather today.

The strong low-pressure system and fast-moving cold front that produced the damaging winds have moved off the east coast and a ridge of high pressure has moved over the eastern half of the nation. The decent weather has allowed many communities to clean up the yard of broken tree limbs and debris. In addition, electric companies had good weather conditions to restore power, especially for the towns located west of Rochester. The News10NBC First Alert meteorologists expect this period of relatively calm weather to continue for at least the next 72 hours.

Tonight, look for mainly clear or fair skies with some high clouds at times. The temperature will fall into the mid-30s. Monday and Tuesday will feature more sunshine with above-normal temperatures expected. Monday should be near 50 degrees and Tuesday will be in the mid-40s. The middle of the week will bring another significant change and more likely another rapid adjustment in the temperature. Low pressure will intensify and move across the western Great Lakes by Wednesday.

Once again, Rochester will be on the warmer side of this storm. We expect a few spotty rain showers on Wednesday with the temperature rising into the low 50s. By early Thursday, we could be looking at another record high temperature. The record is 62 degrees set back in 1894 and we are projecting Western New York will come close to this temperature for Thursday morning. Of course, we may pay the price for this warmth. There is the potential for gusty winds returning for Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as the colder air comes rushing back into the northeast. It is way too early to predict the peak wind gusts, but the News10NBC First Alert weather team will continue to monitor the weather data and will keep you updated if any alerts are needed.

We should see a break in the topsy-turvy weather for Friday, but then another round of rain and snow showers will be possible for Saturday.

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