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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect through 11 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Sunday afternoon through 11 p.m. for all of Western New York – and much of the rest of the state as well.

“We just issued a severe thunderstorm watch,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Welch meteorologist just before 3:30 p.m.

A cold front moving in the area is causing instability that may cause sudden, severe thunderstorms ahead of the front, he said.

There’s also a flash flood watch in effect until 11 p.m. for Western New York. Areas could see up to a quarter inch of rain.

But after the storms, Buffalo Niagara can look forward to some mild temperatures, with highs in the 70s.