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The next 36 hours: wet and windy weather today, pleasant Wednesday

The hot, humid, unpleasant conditions that have gripped much of the Buffalo Niagara region will be swept away by a cold front today.

But not before exacting a few more parting shots on the way out.

Heavy rain. Gusty winds. And, maybe even an isolated tornado are possible, according to the National Weather Service area forecast discussion.

Synopsis from this morning's area forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Synopsis from this morning's area forecast discussion from the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

The most severe threat for weather looks to fall farther east between about Oswego to the Hudson Valley, however, Western New York remains under a threat for possible severe weather, forecasters caution.

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service forecasts there is a 2 percent chance of a tornado in Western New York today.

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service forecasts there is a 2 percent chance of a tornado in Western New York today.

Just before 10 a.m., the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service updated its forecast in an effort to better pinpoint the areas under the most severe weather threat today.

 

 

Here's what to expect around the Buffalo metro area over the next 36 hours:

Through noon today: cloudy with chances for showers. Temperatures climbing through the upper 70s.

Noon to 10 p.m.: rain and chances for thunderstorms. Winds pick up from the southwest and gust to near 40 mph between 3 and 5 p.m. Temperatures will be in the low 80s, but with dewpoints in the low 70s, it will feel close to 90 degrees at times with a relative humidity near 100 percent.

10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday: winds diminish and shift to the west. Temperatures dip into the upper 60s and the potential for precipitation drops off.

4 a.m. to noon Wednesday: clearing skies, light west-southwest wind with temperatures moving from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Dewpoints drop into the upper 50s, making it feel a lot less humid than recent weeks.

Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday: Mostly sunny and dry conditions. A lot less humid. Daytime highs near 81 degrees.

Rain was falling across areas of Western New York this morning. (NWS radar)

Rain was falling across areas of Western New York this morning. (NWS radar)

As of 9 a.m., the weather service reported that more than a quarter inch of rain had fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Another quarter inch was forecast to fall through midnight with higher amounts in locally-heavy thunderstorms, forecasters said.

 

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