At 9:41 am this morning The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the counties of Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates expiring at 2:00 pm. Also, a lakeshore flood watch is in effect for Northern Cayuga, Oswego, and Wayne through 10:00 AM Friday morning.
UPDATE at 1:02 PM:
The main line of storms has moved through the western and central Finger Lakes with the heaviest rain falling in northern Wayne and Cayuga counties and the Southern Tier.
The rest of Thursday looks like this:
A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10 pm and 1 am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind 9 to 17 mph. While Friday looks to be partly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest winds at 13 to 16 mph. Full forecast here.
Some of those storms could pack damaging winds, small hail, and heavy rain.
Forecasters agree that as the cold front approaches and passes – winds will pick up. Gusts could exceed 40 mph in parts of the Finger Lakes.
Behind the front temperatures will drop off from daytime highs of 75 to 80 degrees; falling back into the low- to mid-60s.
Good morning. We're off to a nice quiet start right now. Things will change quickly this afternoon as thunderstorms pop. They'll come in rounds and some may be severe. First round will be near #ROC around 1 p.m. pic.twitter.com/PgSRt5XIQs
— Josh Nichols (@wnywxguy) May 23, 2019
Meanwhile, flooding will continue to be a concern along Lake Ontario – with or without additional thunderstorms, or rainfall.
Rising Waters: Lake Ontario continues to near record levels of 2017 despite outflow increase. Lakeshore Flood Watch in effect late tonight (Port Bay/Huron, NY). @News_8 @spann @JimCantore @StormHour @StephanieAbrams @wnywxguy @wxbywilliams @JimTeskeNC9 #NexstarNation pic.twitter.com/UVvS1pfoWN
— John Kucko (@john_kucko) May 23, 2019
Scattered severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon, but a bigger severe weather event is uncertain. Get the latest no-hype details and analysis as of early Thursday morning.
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— Finger Lakes Weather (@FLX_Weather) May 23, 2019
We'll have the slight chance of thunderstorms reaching severe status today. The highest risk of severe thunderstorms in the eastern U.S will be centered over the southern half of Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/zciD1btWMH
— Marty Snyder 13WHAM (@MartySnyder13) May 23, 2019
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