The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for most of Western NY tonight and tomorrow from 1 AM to 4 PM. According to their forecasts, we can expect 25-35 MPH winds and gusts exceeding 50 MPH. These winds have the possibility of causing damage; however, the NWS has not made any special statement to this effect beyond their standard explanation. This applies to Genesee, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties. For the full NWS release click on "Read More" below.
UPDATE, 10:40AM: Winds are expected to change to coming mainly from the West in the next few hours. Sustained winds are expected to drop by about 5 MPH but gusts are not expected to change. Also addded a new NWS Special Weather Statement in full below. The SWS contains current information regarding recorded wind gusts in the Buffalo area, as well as Lake Erie levels. 14.4 foot waves have been recorded at a buoy near Port Colborne, ON, Canada (about 15 Mi. west of the border along the north shore of Lake Erie).
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1001 PM EDT TUE OCT 6 2009
...STRONG WINDS LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY ACROSS WESTERN NEW
.A STRONG AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WILL TRACK ACROSS THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES OVERNIGHT...THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF LAKE ONTARIO WEDNESDAY MORNING BEFORE REACHING NEW ENGLAND WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. A STRONG COLD FRONT TRAILING THIS LOW PRESSURE WILL CROSS WESTERN NEW YORK LATE TONIGHT. THE TRACK OF THIS STRONG LOW JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE AREA IS FAVORABLE FOR STRONG WINDS ACROSS WESTERN NEW YORK.
WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE SOUTHWEST AND QUICKLY INCREASE OVERNIGHT BEHIND THE COLD FRONT. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED NEAR LAKE ERIE EXTENDING NORTHEAST FROM THE LAKE ACROSS THE NIAGARA FRONTIER TO NEAR ROCHESTER. THE STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF WEDNESDAY BEFORE DIMINISHING WEDNESDAY EVENING.
NIAGARA-ORLEANS-MONROE-NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NIAGARA FALLS...MEDINA...ROCHESTER...BUFFALO...BATAVIA...WARSAW...
1001 PM EDT TUE OCT 6 2009
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 4 PM EDT WEDNESDAY...
A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 4 PM EDT WEDNESDAY.
WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE SOUTHWEST AND RAPIDLY INCREASE OVERNIGHT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT THROUGH MUCH OF WEDNESDAY. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO SUBSIDE WEDNESDAY EVENING.
A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS ARE FORECAST TO BE 31 TO 39 MPH OR GUSTS WILL RANGE BETWEEN 46 AND 57 MPH. WINDS OF THESE MAGNITUDES MAY CAUSE MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE WITHOUT EXTRA PRECAUTIONS. MOTORISTS IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD USE CAUTION UNTIL THE WINDS SUBSIDE. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.
Special Weather Statement
Issued by The National Weather Service
9:40 am EDT, Wed., Oct. 7, 2009
... STRONG WINDS CONTINUE TO BUFFET THE AREA...
* STRONG WESTERLY WINDS IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE ARE THROUGH MOST OF THE DAY. WINDS ACROSS THE REGION HAVE GUSTED OVER 50 MPH AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS. AT THE BUFFALO AIRPORT, WINDS GUSTED TO 51 MPH. ALONG THE LAKE ERIE SHORELINE AND OUT IN THE LAKE ITSELF, CONDITIONS ARE WORSE. SOME OF THE WIND REPORTS INCLUDE:
BUFFALO COAST GUARD STATION 60 MPH DUNKIRK LIGHT HOUSE 62 MPH PORT COLBORNE DATA BUOY 63 MPH 14.4 FT WAVES BUFFALO AIRPORT 51 MPH NIAGARA FALLS AIRPORT 45 MPH OLCOTT PIER 45 MPH
THE LAKE ERIE WATER LEVEL RECEDED FROM A HIGH POINT OF 7.3 FT AT 8:24AM TO 6.7 FT. AT 9:30AM.
A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE REGION THROUGH 4PM AND A LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR LAKE ERIE UNTIL NOON.
Source - Weather.com, no longer listed as of 10:40 AM