Yellow Alert for gusty winds tonight
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Yellow Alert remains up for a few hours of gusty winds this evening into the first part of tonight.
A deep area of low pressure passing to our north and west, combined with a cold front moving in will cause our breezy and warm winds from Thursday to ramp up later tonight. The timing of the strongest gusts will be after 7 p.m. This is when the front slowly moves in. Winds will pick up and gust 40-50 mph across most of the area, and a few gusts are possible up to 55 mph west of Rochester. The direction will be south-southwesterly, then switch to the southwest and west as the speeds pick up. Winds will remain gusty through about midnight, then weaken overnight as the main low moves away.
While widespread outages aren’t expected, a few isolated power outages are possible, especially if a few limbs have been weakened from our last few wind events. It’s a good idea to make sure your holiday decorations are anchored down, and any inflatables are deflated. We don’t want Rudolph to actually fly away! Wind Advisories are up for Monroe, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties through 1 a.m.
Winds will ease after midnight. At that point, wind advisories will expire, and the Yellow Alert will be dropped.
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