A powerful late-winter storm will bring some rain, plenty of mild air and howling winds for the second half of the weekend.

New High Wind Warnings have been issued for all counties except Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Those warnings take effect early Sunday morning and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday evening. During that time, southwest winds will be sustained at 20 to 30 mph with some gusts reaching 60 mph.

These high winds will be a particular danger for shallow-rooted trees and utility poles as well as travelers in high profile vehicles. Please use caution on open roadways like the thruway.

Rainfall will be steady after midnight Saturday and last through late Sunday morning. Totals will range from .5" to 1". Flooding is not likely but those that live near smaller creeks and streams or other areas that are already swampy should keep an eye on their property.

The first half of the new week will be much more pleasant. A little breezy Monday afternoon but otherwise dry with some sunshine through Wednesday.

March roars in like a lion with rain Thursday and possible snow Friday.

Waldman