Update: 1 pm
The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for parts of Wayne, Ontario, Monroe and Wyoming counties as a line of powerful storms moves through the region.
Wyoming County was even placed under a Tornado Warning shortly before 1 pm.
The line of storms currently moving into the Western Finger Lakes is expected to move through the entire Finger Lakes region through the afternoon. The National Weather Service also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for nearly the entire region south of the New York State Thruway.
This will especially be true for those living in the western portions of our coverage area.
We’ll continue to update this story throughout the afternoon with the latest information. Be sure to check out the FingerLakes1.com Weather Center for the latest reports from the National Weather Service.
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The calm, sunny weather that the region experienced on Wednesday is going to be short-lived, as the threat for heavy thunderstorms makes a comeback on Thursday.
During the afternoon and evening hours, the region could be seeing thunderstorms capable of producing gusty winds, and flooding rains.
The parts of the region that have already seen the heaviest of rainfall — like Cayuga and Tompkins counties — will be left scrambling as the risk grows during the afternoon hours for these showers and storms.
The timing of this event looks to be between 3 and 4 pm — until 8 or 9 pm tonight. An inch of rain will easily be possible within an hour of these storms impacting specific locations, which will create flash flooding conditions.
Temperatures on Thursday will rise into the 80s and most of this moisture, according to FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil — will come from the increased moisture in the atmosphere. He says it will feel increasingly soupy throughout the day on Thursday.