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Wet, windy weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas

It’s looking like a wet Christmas for Western New York, according to the National Weather Service’s Jeff Wood.

It’s also going to be windy, and even warm, on Christmas Eve with temperatures getting close to 60 degrees Wednesday.

Rain will start moving into the region Tuesday night with wind picking up Wednesday. Through the afternoon, wind gusts could be strong, possibly in the 50 mph range, making for some less-than-pleasant driving conditions. Thunderstorms are also possible.

“People will have to take it slower,” Wood said.

Good news for boys and girls who have been doing their best to behave this holiday season though – the winds and rains will calm down by night time in time for Santa and his reindeer to make their deliveries.

Thursday, it’s possible the Buffalo area will see some flurries but more than likely we’ll see rain showers and highs in the low 40s. The Southern Tier, where the temperatures will be around the freezing point, might get a one-inch coating of snow.