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Severe storms possible Friday across Buffalo Niagara

Be on the lookout for some thunderstorms, strong winds and maybe some hail on Friday across Western New York.

The federal Storm Prediction Center has all of the region highlighted with a slight risk for severe weather.

High winds, gusting over 50 mph northeast of Lake Erie, are expected to be the chief weather threat.

The National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for northern Erie County as well Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"Gusty winds may bring down a few tree limbs and result in isolated power outages," the weather service said. "Travel in high-profile vehicles will be difficult at times."

Weather service forecasters said the gusty southwest winds are expected to develop Friday ahead of a strong cold front.

"These gusty winds will also increase wave heights on Lake Erie such that a beach hazard statement for dangerous rip currents developing is likely for Friday," the weather service added.

The strong cold front will be trailing a storm system tracking north of the region from Lake Superior into Quebec.

All of upstate New York is under a threat for severe thunderstorms on Friday. (NWS)

Forecasters said scattered thunderstorms are expected ahead of the front from midafternoon to midevening Friday.

Some hail is also possible in a few of the stronger storms, forecasters said.

The best chances for rain are expected after about 4 p.m., the weather service said.

Otherwise, Friday will be warm and partly sunny earlier in the day. Because the region will be in the warm sector of the storm system, highs are expected in the low 80s.

The air will turn drastically cooler, however, behind the cold front, forecasters said.

Some lake-effect clouds and light showers are even possible Saturday morning.

Daytime highs on Saturday ā€“ in the low 60s ā€“ are expected to be nearly 20 degrees cooler than Friday.

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