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February 11, 2009 - 7:32am

Wind gusts could top 50 mph tonight

posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, weather, wind.

Just when you thought we were getting a break in our weather... Plan for a shaky commute Thursday morning. A high wind watch has been issued for the region from late tonight through Thursday.

From the National Weather Service:

A strong cold front will cross western New York after midnight tonight and be followed by strong westerly winds which will continue through much of Thursday. Sustained winds may reach 30 to 40 mph with some gusts topping 50 mph during Thursday morning and midday. The winds will gradually diminish during the afternoon. There is also the possibility of brief strong wind gusts just ahead of the cold front tonight.

A high wind watch means that the potential exists for strong damaging winds to develop. These strong winds could bring down trees and power lines as well as cause property damage. If a high wind warning is issued... stay inside... and away from windows. Be prepared for trees blocking roadways and power outages.

We don't yet know if things will turn severe enough for a high wind warning, but gusts topping 50 mph could do some damage. So please, be safe out there.

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