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Waning winds to bring cold temperatures

High winds from the big storm that devastated parts of the Midwest are expected to start calming down today, but the Buffalo area shouldn’t expect another beautiful fall day until midweek.

Southwest and westerly winds, strongest along the Lake Erie shore, should downshift, but not much at first – from gusts of more than 50 mph this morning to gusts of less than 40 mph tonight.

As the winds diminish, so will the temperatures, which are expected to drop through the 40s this morning and keep on dropping to the low 30s tonight. After a few peeks of sunshine this morning, rain is forecast to reappear, followed by a chance of snow showers tonight. The Southern Tier may see as much an inch of snow.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service posted high wind warnings for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Genesee and Orleans counties until 1 p.m. today, along with lake shore flood warnings for Lake Erie overnight.

By 10 p.m. Sunday, gusts of 55 mph were reported at Dunkirk, while the weather office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga registered a gust of 37 mph, with stronger winds on the way.

Unseasonably warm temperatures preceded the storm. Sunday afternoon saw an official high of 63 at the Buffalo airport, just six degrees short of the record 69 set in 1954.

By Tuesday, sunshine is supposed to return, but the thermometer is forecast to stay stuck in the 30s. With winds continuing to diminish, it won’t feel quite as chilly. Wednesday, however, should be a lot better, with more sunshine, calm breezes and highs in the 40s.