Syracuse, New York – Gusts of 60 mph gusting winds could blow over central New York and the Finger Lakes on Monday, the National Weather Service announced.
The weather service issued a strong wind watch for Monday, warning that the winds could blow up trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages. There is also a risk of thunderstorms and brief torrential rains.
The watch is in force for the counties of Cayuga, Oneida, Yates, Seneca, Onondaga, Steuben, Schuyler and Madison.
Even stronger gusts, up to 70 mph, are forecast for western New York and Tug Hill, which will be closer to the winds swirling around the low pressure system passing through Michigan. A strong wind warning is in place for the Buffalo, Rochester and Watertown areas.
A lakeside flood warning has been issued for Jefferson and Oswego counties, where winds could push water to shore. Lake Ontario is higher than normal for this time of year, thanks to last year’s heavy rains that pushed the Great Lakes to record levels.
Here’s how the next few days should be in central New York, according to the weather service:
Today: Temperatures will climb quickly, reaching nearly 60 degrees late this afternoon. The sky will be cloudy, but Easter Sunday should remain dry.
Tonight: Conditions will change quickly after midnight as the storm system begins to whip central New York with rain and strong winds. A quarter inch of rain is likely overnight. Southeast winds begin to rise before dawn, hitting 40 mph at sunrise.
On Monday: Winds continue and rise to their highest level in the afternoon, when they exit from the west and southwest as they swirl counterclockwise around a low pressure system which enters the Quebec. There could be a few thunderstorms in the late morning and early afternoon.
Wind gusts will peak in the late afternoon, strongest over the hills of Finger Lakes and south of the counties of Madison and Onondaga.
Temperatures could reach 70 degrees when the storm pushes into the warm southeast air. After that, however, a cold front driven by the storm will drop temperatures quickly – in the 1930s Tuesday morning.
Tuesday: Strong winds continue, reaching around 40 mph. The high temperatures will be in the upper 40s.
In the longer term, there is a risk of flurries from Wednesday evening to Friday evening, with clear weather and peaks in the 1950s by Saturday.
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