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Wind and rain in forecast for Monday and Tuesday; snow possible in Southtowns hilltops

Hold onto your witch's hat. It's going to be windy – and rainy today and on Halloween.

And for higher elevations in the Southtowns, there may be some lake effect snow on the horizon.

The National Weather Service of Buffalo has issued a wind advisory for Erie, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties through 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Westerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are possible, meteorologists said. The gusts could be strong enough to bring down tree limbs and cause some power outages.

There's also lake effect rain in the forecast for the same area that's prompted a flash food watch for the same area that starts at 2 p.m. and ends Wednesday morning.

"A band of heavy lake effect rain will develop this afternoon over the city of Buffalo and will likely settle across the Buffalo Southtowns tonight through Tuesday. The lake effect rain will likely linger into Tuesday night before diminishing on Wednesday morning," the weather service reported Monday morning.

"Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall may result in flooding of low lying areas and also small streams and creeks. Urban flooding in possible in the Buffalo metro area. Drainage inlets clogged by leaves may increase the risk of street flooding."

It's also going to be on the chilly side. Today's high is only 49 degrees. The low overnight is 40.

For trick-or-treaters on Tuesday?

"In terms of specific locations with Halloween in mind, the worst areas should be the Southtowns east of Lake Erie," the weather service said.

Additional weather statements are also in effect across Western New York.

For the hilltops above 1,500 feet in Southern Erie and Wyoming counties, there's a separate winter weather advisory from 11 p.m. Monday to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Three to 5 inches of wet, lake effect snow is expected to fall during that time, making roads slippery particularly for the Tuesday morning commute.

The winds will be a little calmer but still gusting as high as 33 mph. Then more rain is expected at night.

Along the Lake Ontario shoreline, a lakeshore flood warning is in place for Niagara and Orleans counties.

Strong winds will whip up to 12 foot waves along the local Lake Ontario shoreline, according to forecasts. It will be even higher east of the region.

Forecasters call for "a significant increase in shoreline erosion, especially in areas where the lake shore is unstable following the erosion from earlier this year."

Meanwhile, on Lake Erie, a gale warning is in effect along the New York shoreline.

Forecast models suggest winds over 45 mph could generate waves up to 14 feet along the shoreline, including at the problematic Route 5 area in Athol Springs.

Waves of 12-14 feet are possible along the Lake Erie shoreline, including at Athol Springs. (NOAA)

 

 

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