Wind advisory for WNY to carry through afternoon
A wind advisory has been issued for a majority of Western New York. Erie, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties may see up to 50 MPH gusts.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh said anything that is unsecured until around 4 p.m. will be vulnerable to being toppled.
"There could be even some scattered power outages, maybe some tree limbs," he said. "Isolated tree limbs come down with winds that strong, but looks like by late afternoon and definitely by early evening, the stronger winds will subside."
The strongest winds are expected to be around the Lake Erie shoreline and around Monroe County.
“Right along the Lake Erie shoreline and then off in towards the western part of Rochester, kind of western Monroe County, there that corridor, which is typical for the southwest winds. That's this area that includes Batavia and on in toward the west part of Rochester,” he said.
Alumbaugh said the winds will also impact water levels.
“We have seen the water level at Buffalo come up this morning to over around seven and a half feet," he said. "So we do have a lakeshore flood advisory out until 1 p.m. this afternoon.”
Alumbaugh said temperatures this evening should drop below freezing, leaving any left over water to turn to ice.