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Severe thunderstorm watch canceled for most of WNY

A severe thunderstorm watch for most of Western New York, initially issued just before 1 p.m., has been canceled.

Forecasters at the weather service said an upper-level area of low pressure will slowly cross the region this week, which will offer chances for showers and thunderstorms.

"Some of the storms could produce strong gusty winds and hail both this afternoon and Wednesday afternoon," forecasters said in a discussion statement today.

Forecasters project that the best chances for the stronger thunderstorms will likely be east of the Buffalo Niagara region, especially in the Finger Lakes and North Country, and the "interior portions of the Southern Tier."

The storms have the potential to lay down hail as large as a lime.

Wind gusts up to 70 mph are also possible, forecasters said, with "a couple tornadoes" also possible.

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