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Several rounds of thunderstorms, some of which could pack strong winds, heavy rain and hail, are expected to roll through the Rochester-Finger Lakes region Friday.

Showers are possible Friday morning, with the first group of thunderstorms expected to arrive in the Rochester region in the afternoon. Additional clusters of storms are likely to move through the region into the evening, the National Weather Service said.

The first round of storms began arriving in the noon hour, prompting the weather service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Wayne County and Cayuga County. 

Forecasters said a storm with 60 mph winds and penny-sized hail would impact the area between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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Thunderstorm over East Avenue, June 2017 (Photo: SHAWN DOWD/@sdowdphoto/, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Damaging wind gusts could accompany some storms, and there is a small chance of hail as well. Heavy rain is possible in spots, though the weather service said the storms will be fast-moving and flooding is unlikely in any given spot.

The weather service’s storm prediction center indicates there is a marginal risk of severe weather in all of upstate New York.

Once the storms have passed, a late-spring chill sets in. The high temperature in Rochester on Saturday is forecast at 69 degrees and just 60 degrees on Sunday.

The overnight lows both Saturday and Sunday nights will be around 45 degrees.

Daily highs will remain in the 60s Monday and Tuesday before slightly warmer air arrives at midweek.

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2020-05-29 17:15:07

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