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High wind warning posted through late afternoon; Lake Erie seiche expected

Strong southwesterly winds are forecast to whip Western New York today with gusts as high as 60 mph.

The winds could bring down trees and power lines, the National Weather Service said.

And, it could result in a significant seiche on Lake Erie by raising the water levels on the eastern end of the lake by as much as 8 feet, forecasters said.

A high wind warning was posted through 5 p.m. for Erie County, along with Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Chautauqua counties.

Shoreline areas of Erie County and Chautauqua County are also under a lakeshore flood advisory because of the expected seiche.

"Anyone near or at the Lake Erie shoreline should be prepared for such elevated water levels," the weather service said. "The combination of waves and high water levels from the expected seiche may result in splashover and freezing spray."

Forecasters said large slabs of ice could be lifted onshore.

"Route 5 in the town of Hamburg may be impacted," the weather service said.

Of the wind warning, weather service forecasters said shallow rooted pine trees could be especially susceptible to damage from the high winds

Peak gusts of 60 mph reported as winds batter Western New York

"Minor property damage is also possible, especially to roofs and siding," the weather service said.

Forecasters said travel in high-profile vehicles is also expected to be difficult.

Temperatures will plummet all day after starting at 60 degrees at midnight.

They're forecast to be nearly 40 degrees colder by noon and are expected to bottom out in the low teens overnight. There are chances for snow showers during the day in metro Buffalo.

Temperatures started today at 60 degrees. They'll slide quickly during the early morning hours behind a passing cold front.

Breezy conditions are forecast to persist overnight. Temperatures are forecast to dip into the middle teens. Wind chills could drop below zero.

The weekend looks to be below-average for temperatures as well.

The weather service forecast partly sunny skies Saturday with highs in the lower 20s and overnight lows in the teens under partly cloudy skies.

Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Sunday with a high in the upper 20s.

There's a 50/50 chance for snow overnight Sunday with lows in the low 20s, forecasters said.

 

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