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Potential for high winds and hail beginning Wednesday afternoon

A one-two punch of potentially wild weather will cross the region Wednesday, with round one starting in early afternoon.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop between 1 and 3 p.m., followed by a period of dry weather before round two approaches at sunset, according to meteorologist Dave Zaff of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

During both periods, there’s a potential for wind gusts of up to 60 mph and hail measuring up to an inch in diameter.

“That’s not a forecast of what’s going to happen – that’s a potential,” Zaff said.

As of late Wednesday morning, no “watches” or “warnings” have been issued by the weather service.

Meanwhile, temperatures Wednesday are expected to climb into the 80s. “It’ll feel like summer today,” Zaff said.