The biggest weather problems for Mother’s Day will be the cool temperatures (think 50s) and the gusting winds. The reason for the less-than-ideal weather? A cold front, currently slicing through Michigan, will pass through central New York through the overnight. While the front is bringing some rain activity to parts of the Midwest and the Ohio Valley, we’re not looking at very much in the way of rain. A few spotty showers could pass through the overnight, but overall we should be dry.
As we head into the Sunday daytime hours, the cold front will have brought in the cooler air. We’re likely not going to escape the mid 50s on Mother’s Day. On top of that, we’re looking at a wind chill factor! Gusty winds aloft will mix down to the surface, making for a rather blustery day with wind gusts upwards of 30mph at times. That’s enough to knock over some small potted plants. Much of the day will feel like the 40s as a result of the wind.
A note to people who want to get out on the boat Sunday: it’s best that you stay on land. Waves on the east end of Oneida Lake could approach 3 or 4 feet and waves of 10 feet or more are possible on Lake Ontario by Sunday afternoon.
As the coldest air moves in Sunday night and early Monday, it will be just cold enough for some snow to mix in over higher elevations. During the day Monday our temperatures will be almost 20 degrees cooler than normal for mid May as it will be a struggle to get beyond 50 degrees.
Thankfully, this cold air will begin to pull out on Tuesday. A push of warmer air heads our way by midweek. As it does, though, we will run the risk of a new round of showers and thunderstorms.