Temperatures dropped quickly through the 30s and into the 20s with single digit wind chills now this afternoon. This is an abrupt and sharp change over where we were shortly after Midnight in Rochester when the thermometer topped out at 61 degrees. We even logged a new record high for Thursday of 56 which beat the old record of 54 back in 2017.
High Wind Warnings are still up through 5 p.m. today. Expect frequent gusts of 45 mph through the rest of the afternoon. This may result in some scattered power outages, especially west of Rochester.
The next obstacle to contend with this afternoon will be lake effect snow. Most high resolution models indicate snow squalls developing. One such plume of snow will drop south off of the big lake later this afternoon and may cause issues with visibility for the afternoon drive.
Bottom line: Allow extra time to account for today’s abrupt change for the colder, and for the snow that’s coming in spots.