Heavy Rain, High Winds and Plummeting Temps, Oh My!
Following a real soaker today, a High Wind Warning goes into effect tonight for much of Western and Northern New York.
High Wind Warning
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
Thu Oct 31 2019
Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester,
Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Jamestown, Olean, Orchard Park,
Thu Oct 31 2019
...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO
1 PM EDT FRIDAY...
* WHAT...Southwest to west winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 60 to
65 mph expected.
* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming,
Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.
* WHEN...From 8 PM this evening to 1 PM EDT Friday.
* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will bring down numerous trees and
power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will
be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around
trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of
your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if
you must drive.
A rapidly strengthening low pressure system travels from the Ohio River Valley into Southern Ontario this afternoon and tonight bringing with it locally heavy rainfall and early season snow across portions of the Great Lakes and Canada.
How much rain?
Rainfall is expected to become heavy by late today, with even a few rumbles of thunder this evening.
Total rainfall on the order of a half inch to locally up to two inches of rain is expected with this storm between now and Friday morning.
When to expect the winds to howl...
Winds look to ramp up late this evening from west to east as that strong low passes just to our north with the potential for gusts in excess of 60 mph especially downwind of Lake Erie and Ontario.
What do I think?
I think timing is lousy for trick or treaters with all the rain and we need to be especially careful driving this evening with reduced visibilities, falling leaves and the potential for clogged drains producing ponding on roadways. Also, the combination of a soaking rain today, some foliage ramaining in the trees and the arrival of strong winds tonight will likely cause some trees to be uprooted and will be a threat to power in some areas.
Beyond that, temps will free fall into the weekend with coldest conditions so far expected. Happy Fall Yall!
Lisa and I will be back with all the updates in tonight's Halloween Edition of WxLIVEat845. See you then!