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'Strong to potentially severe thunderstorms' tonight; cooler Tuesday

A cold front sweeping through the Buffalo Niagara region later today is forecast to make for a bumpy evening.

"Strong to potentially severe thunderstorms" are forecast across the region anytime between about 6 p.m. and midnight, with them most likely to occur between 8 and 11 p.m., according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.

"Hail and damaging winds" could be associated with the storms, the weather service said.

About one-third of an inch of badly needed rain is expected near Buffalo.

Otherwise, during the day today expect mostly sunny skies with temperatures returning to the mid-80s. It'll be breezy with southwest winds gusting over 30 mph at times, the weather service reported.

The federal Storm Prediction Center calls for a "slight chance" for severe weather along an area sweeping northeastward from Missouri, through Western New York, into the North Country. (NWS SPC)

The federal Storm Prediction Center calls for a "slight chance" for severe weather along an area sweeping northeastward from Missouri, through Western New York, into the North Country. (NWS SPC)

That streak of 80-plus degree weather in Buffalo looks to end Tuesday at six consecutive days, with temperatures dropping back into the 70s behind the cold front.

Incidentally, the approaching cold front, and expected inclement weather, is timed almost to the hour with the official arrival of summer in Buffalo, which happens today at 6:34 p.m.

The first few days of summer will be a bit cooler than the last few days of spring.

A work-week string of sunny day in the 70s with the only exception being a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday, according to the forecast.

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