Strong southwest winds will be howling between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.
A deepening area of low pressure moving from the upper Great Lakes into Ontario will help to generate a strong southwesterly flow of air across Lake Erie and the Buffalo Niagara region ahead of a cold front that is expected to arrive later in the day, the National Weather Service reports.
Sustained wind gusts at or above 25 mph are forecast today with gusts approaching 50 mph, prompting the weather service to issue a wind advisory for most of the region.
Minor property damage and power outages are possible, the weather service said.
Forecasters also advised residents to take care of any loose items around their properties that could be easily blown around by the wind.
The southwesterly flow of air will help to keep things warm.
Temperatures are expected to flirt with 80 degrees today in many parts of Western New York today away from the lakes.
The last time the temperature reached 80 this late in October was Oct. 22, 1979, when it hit 81 degrees, weather service data shows.
As of 8 a.m., the temperature at Buffalo was already 70 degrees. The average high temperature for the date is just 58 degrees.
A cold front approaching from the northwest is forecast to sweep through the region later today.
Weather service forecasters reported that it could result in some isolated thunderstorms and widespread rainfall between about 3 and 9 p.m. today.
Temperatures behind the front will be cooler than today, but still warm for this time of the year.
Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s with a high Wednesday near 70 degrees, forecasts show.