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Thunderstorms to hit during morning commute

A line of thunderstorms was making its way to the Buffalo area this morning and it could make for a slower commute. It's also going to be warm for much of the day before temperatures plunge below freezing overnight.

The storms, which started out over the middle of Lake Erie was approaching Erie, Pa., at about 6 a.m. and was moving toward Chautauqua County.

The weaker end of the storm was expected to move into the Buffalo area between 7 and 8 a.m. today, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock. Heavy downpours and gusty winds are expected. "That'll last an hour or two this morning," he said.

The weather should settle until the early afternoon when there's a chance for a second round of thunderstorms.

In the meantime, it will be warm.

As of 6:20 a.m. it was 60 degrees at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and it was expected to stay fairly warm –  in the upper 50s – until later in the afternoon.

"After that temps will take nosedive," Hitchcock said. A cold front will make its way through bringing temperatures down into the 20s.

"There could be a couple-hour period of light snow late tonight, early tomorrow," he said.


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