A very warm air mass has surged into Central New York and will be with us through mid afternoon today. This morning will be much like yesterday, with well above normal temperatures and strong gusty winds. In fact, a wind advisory is in effect for most of Central New York, including Onondaga County. This advisory includes the possibility for winds to reach gusts of 50 mph. Otherwise, filtered sun will be present through early afternoon as clouds thicken ahead of a cold front. Once the front moves through, we will lose the warm southerly flow as winds shift westerly and bring a sharp drop in temperature this evening.
The most noteworthy part of the forecast aside from the warm temperatures will be the aforementioned cold front. This is a strong front with plenty of lift so we expect a solid line of showers and thunderstorms to arrive in the Syracuse area between 4 and 6 pm. While conditions for thunderstorms won’t be optimal, we will still need to keep a sharp weather eye on any storm that forms due to the aforementioned strong wind in the lower atmosphere. In short, be on the look out for some gusty storms with the cold front. This rain will move out of Central New York quickly after sunset.
Once the cold front sweeps through Friday evening our warmth will be done for now and a new, much cooler air mass will build back in for the weekend. Temperatures will only be in the 40s on Saturday but it will likely feel cooler than that as you factor in the gusty west-southwest wind. While abundant sunshine is expected Sunday, highs will be about 5-10 degrees below average, or low 50s. Thankfully, as high pressure builds in from the north, we think our winds will finally begin to die down. Sunshine will continue Monday, but with high temperatures near or at normal values…near 60.