ITHACA, N.Y. — Most of the college students have cleared out for the summer and Ithacans finally have the city back. Unfortunately, our annual Ithaca Festival parade celebrating our hippie-dippy, 10-square miles might be wet and soggy.

Rainfall and thunderstorms are expected throughout the week with severe thunderstorms expected through Tuesday night.

According to the National Weather Service, “Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and a few of these storms could become severe with damaging winds and large hail the main threat. Brief heavy rain will also be possible in any thunderstorms. ”

Another round of storms is also possible throughout Wednesday with a 70 percent chance of precipitation, mostly from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday is expected to clear up and be mostly sunny with high temperatures near 70 degrees.

Parade day Friday is more of a tossup, though.

There’s a 60 percent chance of precipitation and showers with a possibility of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and through the evening.

But no matter what, the Ithaca Parade will go on as scheduled. Judging from Ithacans’ ability to take on wet weather nearly every year for the festival, we have a feeling everyone will be just fine. But remember your raincoat and umbrella.

Featured photo: Festival goers enjoy the food trucks during last year’s rainy weekend. Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.