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High Wind Watch Issued: When and where gusts could exceed 60 mph!
Jeremy Kappell

High Wind Watch Issued: When and where gusts could exceed 60 mph!

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a High Wind Watch parts of Western New York including the Niagara Frontier for a storm arriving Thursday night/Friday.


* WHAT...Southwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Jefferson, Erie, Genesee,
  Wyoming, and Chautauqua counties.

* WHEN...From Thursday evening through Friday evening.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds could blow down trees and power
  lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be
  difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.


Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this
situation. Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe
location prior to the onset of winds.

Tracking a potent fall storm system...

We've been tracking this storm for several days and now current models are in better agreement with timing and track of the storm that, unfortunately, looks to bring a good deal of rain our way for Halloween and some very gusty conditions later Thursday night and Friday as a potent low passes just to our north across Southern Ontario... a track favorable for high wind events downwind of both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

How high could the winds gust?

While the devil is in the details, if the GFS solution shown here is correct, then I think we could be looking at widespread 50mph and locally 60+ in prone areas.  This would be more than enough to cause some problems with downed trees and powerlines a possibility.  We'll monitor closely over the next few days.

In addition to the wind, we are also looking at a real deal fall chill coming up this weekend and did anyone mention the possibility of lake effect snow showers?

Lisa and I will be back with all the details in an action packed WxLIVEat845.  See you in a bit!

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