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Region braces for icing and strong winds

A winter weather advisory is now in effect in the Southern Tier. The advisory begins in the immediate Buffalo area at 6:00pm Monday and continues for all areas of Western New York through 10:00 Tuesday morning.

At issue is a wintry mix of precipitation. Freezing rain in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties could accumulate a quarter to half-inch of ice. In the immediate Buffalo area, the freezing rain will mix with sleet, resulting in less icing. But travel will be hazardous, especially on untreated roads and bridges.

The precipitation will change to all rain by Tuesday morning.

Strong winds south of Buffalo overnight, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour, could bring down tree limbs and power lines already made vulnerable by the icing. There's a high wind warning for areas close to Lake Erie and a wind advisory for areas well inland, again in the counties south and southeast of Buffalo from 1am to 10am Tuesday.