First Alert Weather Update: One more mild day before rain & cooler air return

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – We started the week with highs in the mid 50s, which was about 10 degrees cooler than average, and we swung the other way today. Afternoon highs topped out in the lower 70s across the board, which was about 10 degrees warmer than average, and nearly 20 degrees warmer than yesterday! We’ll get one more warmer day on Wednesday, with a balmy breeze helping to push highs into the lower 70s once again. But, we won’t see as much sun making it through the clouds. Most of the day should be dry, but a few showers may try to sneak in during the afternoon. Our cold front arrives Thursday morning with a period of rain and some rumbles of thunder possible. Our rain may come down heavily for a period as the front moves through, delivering a soaking quarter to half inch for most of the area. The wettest part of Thursday should be through the early afternoon, before rain tapers following our front. The mildest part of the day will be the morning, with temperatures starting in the 60s, and dropping through the 50s by the afternoon. 

The weekend should be fairly quiet, with highs in the mid 60s on Saturday, dropping back into the 50s on Sunday, though both days should be mainly dry. Another punch of chillier air arrives early next week, with temperatures dropping into the 40s for highs. It may be cool enough for some mixed precipitation, including some graupel, ice pellets or wet flakes. The best chance of seeing flakes should be south of Rochester, in the higher terrain of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. So, we’ll likely start talking about the first flakes of the season, it likely won’t be for the immediate Rochester area.