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60° at 1 p.m. makes another record high in Buffalo on a windy Wednesday

It's another record-setting February day today in Buffalo.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the thermometer was at 60 degrees at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, according to the National Weather Service.

That eclipsed the previous record for warmth - 50 degrees - set in 1952.

Back on Monday, the temperature hit 58 degrees, breaking a record of 56 degrees set back in 1989.

Monday's record-high of 58 degrees for Feb. 1 tied the mark for the 33rd warmest day in February on record at the Buffalo airport.

Monday's record-high of 58 degrees for Feb. 1 tied the mark for the 33rd warmest day in February on record at the Buffalo airport.

Forecasters predicted a high of 59 degrees Wednesday.

Forecasts show the temperature will rise to 59 degrees in Buffalo between noon and 2 p.m. (NWS)

NWS forecasts show the temperature will rise to 59 degrees in Buffalo between noon and 2 p.m.

A year ago, the temperature during February never made it above the freezing point in what went on to become Buffalo's coldest month on record.

The warm air came with some strong winds. The highest wind gust in Western New York was 60 mph in Dunkirk at 7:57 a.m., 47 mph in Buffalo at 7:58 a.m. and 42 mph at Niagara Falls at 9:15 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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Wind gusts around WNY (NWS)

The high winds were associated with a massive storm system that brought blizzard conditions to the Midwest over the last couple of days.

The Buffalo Niagara region is on the warm side of the system that's passing to the west and helping usher a southerly flow into the region today.

The stiff breeze will stick around most of the day and into tonight, said meteorologist David Church at the National Weather Service.

"It's going to be pretty windy all day," Church said.

Two trees were toppled by high winds in South Buffalo on Wednesday morning.

Nearly 800 National Grid customers in Erie County lost power this morning.

By noon, only about two dozen customers were still in the dark here.

Meanwhile, east of the region in the Syracuse area, more than 5,000 customers were knocked out of power by the harsh winds, according to data from National Grid.

Skies will stay cloudy most of the rest of the day under breezy conditions. Some rain filters back into the area later tonight, and is expected to switch back over to snow showers about 4 a.m. Thursday as temperatures drop back through the 30s behind a cold front.

Winds will slowly dissipate after midnight into Thursday morning.

Rain and snow showers are forecast during the day Thursday with a daytime high about 36 degrees, which is a still a few degrees above average for the date. Less than a half inch of new snow is expected.

Chances of snow showers remain in the forecast Thursday night, Friday and Friday night as well, the weather service forecast shows, with overnights in the 20s and daytime highs in the 30s.

 

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