Forecast: Strong storms possible late today and this evening

Strong to severe storms could produce gusty damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - - Breezy and summery today, highs around 80 and feeling a little muggy.
- Severe weather potential today, storms likely after 4 or 5 pm.
- Storms this evening could contain strong damaging winds, large hail and torrential rain. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.
- Turns MUCH cooler for the rest of the week after cold front passage Monday night.
- Lakeshore Flood Warning for Oswego and Jefferson counties Tuesday PM – Wednesday.

Warmth returns temporarily:

Welcome to May! The month begins summery for most as a warm front has moved through much of CNY as of midday today. In the wake of this warm front, it will be a warm, muggy and breezy afternoon with highs near 80, but this warmth will not be sticking around for long.

Unfortunately, the warm and muggy air will be setting the stage for some thunderstorms this evening, any of which could be strong to severe.

Strong storms possible between 6 pm and 11 pm this evening:

A new cold front approaches us later this afternoon and evening, sparking more showers and storms, and a few of the storms could be strong to severe with damaging winds, hail and heavy rain. Again, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

The best chance of showers and storms today will be after 4 or 5 pm. Be sure to have your cell phone handy and download the Live Doppler 9 App if you don't have it already so you can be instantly notified if a watch or warning is issued.

Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Oswego and Jefferson counties:

The combination of unusually high water levels on Lake Ontario and gusty winds out of the west-southwest that are expected to develop Tuesday afternoon through much of Wednesday has prompted the National Weather Service to issue this warning.

Gusty west-southwest winds are expected to push the high water up even more so with big waves expected to crash over the eastern shores of Lake Ontario likely leading to some flooding of properties along the immediate shoreline, inlets and bays. Some beach and coastal erosion is also possible. Stay tuned for updates.

Somewhat unsettled and much cooler for Tuesday and beyond:

Behind Monday evening's cold front, a much chillier air mass will blow in with a gusty wind for Tuesday.  The unseasonably cool air will stick around through the rest of the week and beyond. Be prepared for temperatures to drop several degrees below average
(mainly in the 50s) with a few showers possible Tuesday and Wednesday.

Drier air will settle in briefly later Wednesday afternoon through much of Thursday, but late Thursday into Friday another strong storm system down south could very well provide us with some significant rain. 

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