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Flooding potential continues; high winds move in

By Bert Gambini

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Buffalo, NY – The flood watch continues this morning for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.

A dense ice park on area creeks and streams has broken up over the last few days of unseasonably warm weather, but the threat of flooding has yet to become reality. John Hitchcock is a forecaster at the Airport Weather Station. He said we haven't just yet escaped the potential for for ice jams.

Unseasonably warm temperatures have encouraged the ice-melt and increased the potential for ice jam flooding. But the warm weather will not last.

A Wind Advisory for all of Western New York is also postedfrom 2'o'clock Friday afternoon to 6'o'clock Friday evening. Gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour are possible Friday afternoon and evening and Saturday.

The strong winds will be accompanied by cold temperatures. Early morning highs in the mid-50s will fall into the lower 40s by Friday afternoon -- and subsequently into the lower 20s by tonight.

We could also see a bit of snow this weekend. A dusting of accumulation is expected Satruday afternoon, but heavier snow showers on Sunday could leave a couple of inches on the ground.