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Severe storms possible for Western New York today with chance of isolated tornadoes

Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9pm
Severe storms possible for Western New York on Thursday with chance of isolated tornado
Posted at 6:38 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 17:19:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Severe thunderstorm WARNING for East Central Chautauqua, South Central Erie, and NW Cattaraugus Counties until 6:00pm for 60 mph winds and heavy rain.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 9pm for all of WNY.

A cold front will push through Western New York later today, resulting in scattered to numerous showers and storms, that are expected to develop as the front approaches.

Some of these storms will be strong to severe.

The parameters are favorable for damaging winds and flooding.

The front will be approaching during the warmest part of the day which will increase our storm threat. The air mass will be very moist and unstable increasing our storm chances as well.

The main concern will be the potential for a tornado or two.

The chance for a tornado has increased from 2 percent to 5 percent.

Winds at the surface will be south/southeasterly early Thursday afternoon.

Winds aloft will be westerly and this shear could lead to tornado development.

Best chance for severe weather will be from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A few storms will linger Thursday evening through Friday morning.