Winds Whip Through Western New York

January 20, 2013 Updated Jan 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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January 20, 2013 Updated Jan 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The wicked winds whipped throughout Western New York Saturday night through Sunday evening.

The winds were responsible for dozens of downed trees and power lines as well as road closures.

The wind gusts began Saturday evening at around 11 pm, lasting until about four in the afternoon on Sunday.

Winds whipped waves and broke branches, at times creating dangerous driving conditions.

Richard Bohrer told Eyewitness News that he took a different route to go to church on Saturday morning. He "stayed off the Thruway because I was worried."

Driving with high gusts is a bigger challenge for truck drivers. Jim Ingles explained "Picking up the way it has today, it's a good idea to stay parked. Especially if your over 25 miles per hour winds."

The storm has left more than 3,000 Western New Yorkers without power.

Fallen power lines and downed trees closed part of Center Road in the Town of Aurora.

Dave Gunner, the town's Highway Superintendent, explained "there are trees everywhere."

Crews are hustling to get power back on before the big cold snap hits.

Gunner said it was "A very interesting night. And to top it off we have to get ready for the snow to start coming, so its going to be a long night."

During the day, wind gusts peaked at 69 miles per hour in Dunkirk, 66 miles per hour in Olcott and 61 miles per hour at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

This comes after a spell of unusually warm weather.

With temperatures dropping, the City of Buffalo has issued a Code Blue, springing the Buffalo City Mission into action to keep the homeless and needy warm.