Spring is here, thunderstorm risk elevated on Sunday

As a sure sign that spring is here — the risk of thunderstorms is being upped by forecasters this afternoon and evening.

FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil had the following to report in his late-morning update:

“It appears that a line of thunderstorms will develop over western New York and the western Finger Lakes between 1-2 pm. This line will move quickly east, and should exit the area between 4-5 pm.

The line will be oriented from southwest to northeast, so northern areas of the Finger Lakes will see the storms sooner than similar areas further south.

Most areas will probably at least see some rain and hear some thunder, but there is some potential for a bit more than that.

Gusty winds will be possible with this line of thunderstorms, and some gusts over 55 mph will be possible. As such, a severe thunderstorm warning or two may need to be issued.

Small hail may also be possible. The tornado threat is very, very minimal, but does exist.

Please keep an eye to the sky this afternoon. This is our first real widespread thunderstorm risk, and with the Easter Holiday and warm temperatures, many of us will be outside enjoying the weather.

When the skies start to darken and the rumbles of thunder are heard, it will be time to head indoors for a time.”

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