The rest of today will be windy, warm & wet with temperatures hovering within a few degrees of 60! We broke the record high for today when we hit 56 at 4am, well before the sun even came up!! The record high had stood since 1974 & 1914. Impressive to say the least, especially since it happened so early!
As you can see by looking at the graphic above, though, it will turn dramatically colder late tonight through the remainder of the week into the weekend! A strong cold front will pass through later this evening, & when it does the temps will begin to plummet & the winds will really crank up! Winds could gust to between 50 & 60 mph at times late tonight through much of Thursday! So be careful out there. There also could be some localized poor drainage flooding & small stream flooding due to the 1 to 2" of rain expected today through tonight, especially over the Finger Lakes, south & east of Rochester.
A little snow will fly at times Thursday, especially later in the day & northeast & southwest of much of the viewing area. Late Thursday night into Friday a trough will attempt to move through, & if it does there will be some widespread accumulating lake snows affecting a good chunk of the area, especially north of the Thruway.
Some additional wintry weather appears to be on tap over the weekend into the early next week with some synoptic snow & occasional lake snows too. It should add up over the next several days, & will certainly look a lot more like winter again across WNY. Lake snows will likely be heaviest north, toward the big lake, but could affect many at times depending on movements of troughs/disturbances. Stay tuned.