Thunderstorms with strong winds and possible hail are expected in central New York.

The National Weather Service is calling for strong to severe storms in Oneida, Onondaga and Madison counties Wednesday afternoon.

"Some wind gusts Wednesday afternoon of 35 mph to 45 mph may result in a few downed trees and wires. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible with gusty winds and small hail Wednesday afternoon as well."

More showers are possible Thursday morning. After the storm passes, sunny, warm weather is expected right through the weekend.

Wednesday: A chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: A chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%

Sunshine returns for the weekend with temperatures in the low 60's Friday, low 70's Saturday and mid 60's Sunday.

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