Unsettled weather has returned to Central New York - something we haven't been used to lately. Rainfall over the past 24 hours has surpassed 1" in most areas. A slow moving cold front brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to the region yesterday, and another wave of low pressure is bringing more rain today and tonight. Additional rainfall accumulations look to be 1/4-1/2".
Are we concerned about flooding? Not really. Remember, our region is in a long term drought, with abormally dry conditions for the entire area. This drought took a long time to develop and is unlikely to disappear anytime soon. It would take a lot more rainfall to cause any flooding in streams and rivers.
As today's area of low pressure swings to the east, it wraps much colder air behind it into Central New York. Strong winds are expected to develop in the wake of this storm system, with the strongest winds arriving Friday afternoon. Here's a look at sustained winds in the Mohak Valley. As a general rule, wind gusts are double the sustained wind speeds. Wind speeds are the average measured wind, wind gusts are peak measurements.
The air turns cold enough on Friday evening and Friday night for snow. That's not a typo. Snow showers are expected Friday night, but don't worry, they won't last for long.
The upcoming weather pattern next week looks unsettled, with the next chance of widespread rain on Monday.