Strong winds and hot weather give way to calmer weekend

Sep 22, 2018

Forecasted temperatures Saturday from the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo
Credit National Weather Service-Buffalo

The beginning of fall this weekend was preceded by some wild weather on the last full day of summer throughout the Rochester area and Upstate NY.

Strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area Friday evening with a cold front barreling into the region.

Winds were gusting over 30mph, and the National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings for parts of Ontario County and the Southern Tier.

But while areas like Canandaigua, Clifton Springs and Phelps were told to take cover because radar showed the possibility of a tornado forming, nothing touched down.

Still, there was some tree and other damage throughout the region, and RG&E, NYSEG and National Grid reported thousands of customers without power across Upstate NY.

By early Saturday morning, most customers impacted were back on line.

The weather front ushered in cooler air, (after a high of 91 on Friday) and the forecast for Saturday calls for sunshine later in the day with a high of 59, and sunny with a high in the 60s on Sunday.

There is a beach hazards statement along Lake Ontario on Saturday for strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions.

The official beginning of fall, the autumnal equinox, is at 9:54 p.m. on Saturday.