CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW-TV) - A high wind warning is in effect from 5pm Monday through 2pm Tuesday for all of Western New York. Winds expected from the north to northeast about 30 to 45 mph with gusts of 55 to 65 mph. Strongest winds will generally be along the immediate lake shore and across higher terrain.
Strong winds combined with a saturated ground will result in downed trees which can block roadways and take out power lines. It is unusual to get winds this strong from a northerly direction. Trees in this area are anchored against the prevailing west wind so strong winds from the north will produce more damage then normal for these wind speeds.
Also a flood watch remains in effect for all of Western New York from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. The remnants of hurricane Sandy will track inland across Pennsylvania and bring a period of heavy rain to much of Western New York. There remains some uncertainty as to the exact track of the heaviest rains but there is potential for 2 to 3 inches of rain from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. This will fall on ground which will become saturated from rain this weekend.
Rainfall of this magnitude may result in minor flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas. Leaves clogging storm drains will also cause flooding problem in urbanized areas. In addition, flooding is possible on some of the area rivers and creeks.