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'Marginal' chance for severe storms in WNY today

Damaging winds are possible across Western New York today as a strong cold front crosses the region, the National Weather Service said.

The cold front is associated with a storm system centered to the north of Lake Huron.

"The front will be accompanied by widespread showers and a few thunderstorms, with a few of the storms possibly generating some strong gusty winds," the weather service said.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., placed Western New York under a marginal threat for severe weather today. There's a better chance for severe weather to our east across northern New York and northern New England where there are slight threats for tornadic activity today.

A brief tornado warning was posted earlier this morning in Allegany County but was eventually lifted.

As of 9 a.m., surface maps showed the cold front was just to the west of the Buffalo Niagara region, along a line from about Cleveland to Hamilton, Ont.

The warmest temperatures of the day in Buffalo will be this morning as WNY finds itself in the warm sector of the storm system.

The front will wipe the warm, humid conditions away.

Behind the cold front, there will be cooler and drier air with sunshine returning later this afternoon, the weather service said.

Temperatures in the low 70s this morning are forecast to drop into the 60s this afternoon and low 50s overnight.

The weather service also said that there could be hazardous conditions on area beaches today.

Beach hazards statements were posted for Erie and Chautauqua counties for Lake Erie and Niagara and Orleans counties for Lake Ontario.

"This means life-threatening waves and currents are expected," the weather service said. "Stay out of the water and stay away from dangerous areas like piers and breakwalls."

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