Happy hump day! Wednesday, we started off with some sunshine but as the day went on and it got hotter, clouds got thicker and some feisty storms got going. The thunderstorm threat will diminish as the night goes on but an isolated rain threat will still be present. While we’re sleeping, showers will be hit or miss at best but we’ll still have to be careful of patchy fog. Meanwhile, temperatures remain pretty mild only falling into the upper 50s and low 60s.
Guess what? We’ve got more rain coming Thursday and it looks to be quiet the soaking. It will really begin to ramp up by late morning Thursday and last well into the overnight. The heaviest and steadiest will be south and east of the Champlain Valley, totaling 1-2″ by Friday morning. The flood threat is low but with rain like that, rivers will rise quickly and you will want to be mindful of minor flooding. Ponding on the roads and low visibility is also a lock in a situation like this. Rain amounts in northwest Vermont & northern New York will be around .50-1″ with lower amounts closer to the St. Lawrence Valley. While all of that is going on, clouds and rain will help to keep the temperatures cool Thursday afternoon, only climbing into the upper 60s and low 70s.
Luckily, we’ll begin to clear things out for the first day of summer on Friday! We’ll wake up to a few leftover showers but those quickly move to the east leaving us with peeks of sunshine after lunch. Temperatures recover but not much, they’ll climb into the lower and mid 70s behind a strong northwest wind. Here is more good news, the first weekend of summer looks terrific! Saturday stays a little cooler than normal but still pleasant with highs in the low to mid 70s. A light shower will be possible over the NEK but I wouldn’t cancel plans. The one widespread negative about the day is that the wind will remain strong from the northwest, gusting close to 20mph. Sunday will be the warmer, sunnier, less windy day of the weekend with highs closing in on 80°.
The weekend is on the horizon!
Skytracker weather intern Peter Kvietkauskas & Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker