The wind will be the big story today across our area. A developing storm system will intensify and carve a path to our northwest. The strength and track of this system favors a round of strong, and potentially damaging wind gusts for Western New York and the Finger Lakes through the day.
A strong cold front moved through the area shortly after 7 a.m.. Through the rest of the morning we will see several hours of strong and gusty winds.
As of 10 a.m., there are many reports of trees, poles and wires coming down on the west side of Rochester. There are also many people without power in this area.
In summary, it will be a wild Wednesday. The highest wind gusts will be realized between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Within that time frame, widespread gusts of 55 to 60 mph with localized gusts of 65 mph will be experienced especially from Rochester west to Buffalo.
Even though the “worst” of this wind will be late morning and early afternoon, it will remain windy all afternoon with frequent 40 to 45 mph gusts adding insult to injury until sunset.
Then, the stage is set for much colder air once again. Cold enough for some snow Wednesday evening into Thursday with minor accumulations.
In addition to the wind headlines, a lakeshore flood warning is also posted for Wayne County, as the wind turns more west and northwesterly, and waves begin to build.