A windy and warm afternoon is set up for our Wednesday as southwesterly winds bring in much warmer air today ahead of a cold front over the central Great Lakes. While today should stay mostly cloudy with just the chance of a scattered shower, tonight will bring a much greater chance of showers and storms as the cold front sweeps through. As of this morning, Environment Canada has posted a tornado watch for parts of western lower Ontario near Lake Huron. This is near the same area that was devasted by an EF-3 tornado earlier in the week in Goderich, Ontario. The storms prediction center in Oklahoma has placed Western New York in a “slight risk” later today and this evening for severe thunderstorms.
In the tropics, as of the 11am EST update, Hurricane Irene is a Category 3 storm with winds of 115mph and a minimum central pressure of 956mb pressure moving northwest now at 12mph. This is slightly different from the 8am track that had the storm moving west/northwest. When and how quickly the Hurricane begins to turn to the north is the big question currently for meteorologists.
As for Western New York, for today, partly sunny and breezy with highs in the lower 80’s. Winds south/southwest at 15-25mph with some higher gusts. Tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be in the upper 60’s. Thursday will be partly sunny with an early shower chance, otherwise partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70’s.
Preliminary forecasts for the weekend: Mostly sunny skies for Western New York with highs in the 70’s. Irene stays well east of our area!