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After the tornado watch, Western New York will feel – fall-ish?

You can call it the calm after the storm.

After a series of fast-moving thunderstorms and the -- unrealized -- threat of a tornado on Monday, there is only more rain and cooler temperatures to look forward to for the remainder of the week.

According to the National Weather Service at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, local residents should prepare for weather that is more in line with fall, than mid-spring.

"We have a much cooler air mass coming in behind the cold front that's moving through," said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. "We're looking at a few on and off rain showers Tuesday and much, much cooler high temperatures, with highs only in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees."

That's a far cry from the weather that quickly ripped a large chunk of upstate on Monday.

"There was pretty extensive wind damage throughout the area," said Hitchcock.

"It looks like there probably were a couple of tornadoes in Pennsylvania, not too far south of the state line. There were a couple of nasty storms down there, but it looks like we dodged a bullet, as far as that goes. Really, the rest of the week looks really cool and unsettled. It's going to be kind of fall-like, with highs in the 50s on most days. There's really no risk of severe weather, just unsettled showery weather," he added.

The National Weather Service, after only a couple of hours Monday, canceled a tornado watch that had been issued for the Western New York region.

The rare tornado watch it issued was supposed to cover a large swath of upstate New York, extending from metro Buffalo to Watertown, covering 29 counties.

Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the weather service in Buffalo, said this area doesn't get more than one or two tornadoes on average per year, and even the service's issuing of a watch isn't common.

Initially, the ingredients for a local tornado were there, he said.

A layer of moist, humid air sitting over the region, and a strong cold front that moved into the area from the southwest in the afternoon and evening, brought with it a line of storms and thunderstorms. That combination was anticipated to produce the potential for damaging winds and, possibly, a tornado embedded in the storms, Reynolds said.

The storms did bring some heavy rains and, with it, some flooding.

Several roads across the area were reported flooded, including under the Interstate 190 overpass on William Street in Cheektowaga, where some motorists' vehicles got stalled because of the high water. Tow trucks had to be called to remove the vehicles from the flooded section. The road was subsequently closed by the Cheektowaga Police Department.

In the Town of Tonawanda, police confirmed that a section of Sheridan Drive, eastbound between Colvin Boulevard and Belmont Avenue, had been closed as a result of flooding.

In the Village of Lancaster, Old Lake Avenue at Pardee Avenue also had been closed due to flooding.

In Niagara Falls, the following streets and intersections had been closed due to flooding: 6700 block of Lindbergh Avenue; College Avenue and Bell Street underpass; 11th St. and South Ave.; Porter Road and Robbins Drive;  5600 block of Devlin Avenue; 3000 block of Orleans Avenue; Champlain Avenue and Rivershore Drive; 89th and Girard; LaSalle Expressway under the north Grand Island Bridge and Niagara Scenic Parkway traffic circle.

Meanwhile, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster issued a travel advisory for the city that extended from 4 midnight.

Dyster advised motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel so as to allow  department of public works crews and city water board workers to do their job addressing flooded areas of the city.

In July 1987, a tornado touched down in Cheektowaga and caused $15 million in damages "and plenty of broken dreams" in its wake.

July 30, 1987: Tornado smashes into Cheektowaga

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