Hazardous weather outlook for area

Hazardous weather outlook for area

OBSERVER Staff Report

The National Weather Service has issued advisories concerning three different weather hazards for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties

A flood watch is in effect through Thursday morning. Unseasonably warm and very moist air will interact with an approaching cold front and generate widespread showers tonight. Since the ground is already saturated, there is an elevated risk for localized flooding.

A high wind warning is in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday. This warning encompasses Chautauqua and Cattaraugus but also Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Erie, Monroe, Wayne and northern Cayuga counties.

The strongest winds are expected late tonight through early Thursday afternoon. Winds velocity is predicted to be 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. During a wind advisory, damage to power lines, trees and property is possible.

A lake effect snow warning is in effect from late Thursday morning through early Friday evening. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are predicted early Thursday, 4 to 6 inches Thursday night and 2 to 4 inches on Friday, leading to snow totals of 6 to 12 inches.

In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away.