DUNKIRK, NY — To put things plain and simple, Sunday was the calm before the storm.

Conditions were clear for the most part Sunday, but heavy rain and high winds will be a concern near the Chautauqua Ridge and Lake Erie shoreline through Monday morning.

As a result, Chautauqua County leaders are ready to mobilize an emergency command center if need be.

"Everyone in our community needs to be prepared for the potential of an outage for a longer term. Ya know, making sure you have adequate supplies to get through that," said George Borrello, Chautauqua County executive.

Because of all the active weather this season, there's a lot of debris that hasn't been cleaned up yet, and strong winds could bring down more trees and branches

"For 2018, we've had so much wind that this is going to be kind of commonplace," said John Griffith, director of Emergency Services for Chautauqua County. "And then the other thing will probably be flooding, depending on how much rain comes in, we're looking at up to two inches of rain we've heard, and we'll be watching and monitoring low land flooding."

Both officials are concerned that weather conditions could clog creeks and streams, which could enhance the flood threat.

Here's what it looked like in Silver Creek around 11 p.m. Sunday, where 2 On Your Side's Erica Brecher did a live report from.


There will be a Flood Watch in effect for all 8 counties in Western New York between 1 a.m. Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Area creeks and streams may flood, and any storm drains clogged with leftover ice or yard debris could cause water to pond on roads. Expect a slow travel on Monday.

The heaviest rain will end by lunchtime Monday, but showers are possible through the evening. The air temperature will be dropping through the day and it will likely get cold enough for wet snow showers to mix in Monday night and Tuesday.