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Winds gusts of 60 mph forecast for southern Erie County

We’re in for a wet, windy and warm couple of days.

Possible gusts of up to 60 mph have prompted the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga to issue a high-wind warning until 4 p.m. for southern Erie and Chautauqua counties.

As of about 8 a.m., a large area of rain was moving over the area, with a steady rain expected for the next couple hours.

The rain is expected to become a little more scattered later on, with the chance of some heavier showers at times, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly.

Erie, Pa., has already experienced a gust of 50 mph around 6:30 a.m., while Dunkirk had a gust of 42 mph.

The gusty winds mean drivers of high-profile vehicles should be aware on the roads, tree limbs and branches may break and outdoor furniture and garbage cans should be secured, Kelly said.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for northern Erie, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. That means gusts may reach 50 mph.

The winds will begin to diminish later this afternoon, Kelly said.

High temperatures are expected to reach the mid 60s across the region.

In terms of precipitation, there will be periods of rain throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorms tonight.

Rainfall totals for the Buffalo area are expected to be around an inch, with portions of the Southern Tier possibly seeing a little less precipitation, he said.

And the windy weather won’t end Wednesday.

A high-wind watch will be in effect from Thursday morning to Thursday night in northern Erie and Niagara counties.