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Coming to WNY tonight: high winds, true winter weather

A strong storm system will blow away near record-high temperatures and bring winter back to the Buffalo Niagara region today.

Wind gusts of 60 mph or more are expected this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service issued a high wind warning through 7 a.m. Thursday for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties.

A high wind warning is in effect in parts of Western New York through 7 a.m. Thursday. (National Weather Service)

The weather service warns that "strong wind gusts may cause damage to trees and property as well as power lines resulting in local power outages."

High-profile vehicles will be especially vulnerable in the high winds, forecasters said.

Wind gusts will start to increase this afternoon and reach their strongest after about 6 p.m. into the late evening, forecasts show. (National Weather Service graphic)

The weather is being generated by a strong area of low pressure moving through the region trailing a cold front, according to the National Weather Service.

The passing front is expected to drop temperatures from the 60s at about 3 p.m. down into the low 40s by mid-evening and then into the low 20s overnight.

Wind chills could drop into the single digits by dawn Thursday.

Chances for thunderstorms are possible along with rain and then snow through Thursday morning, weather service forecasts show.


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