BUFFALO, N.Y. — Since Monday, the Storm Prediction Center has keyed in on the potential for severe weather across the Northeast on Wednesday, including Buffalo.
Currently, all of Western New York is within the Storm Prediction Center's slight risk area, that's 2 on a scale of 5, for this afternoon and evening. This means that storms are likely, and there is a better chance that they could be strong to severe. The most intense storms could produce damaging wind gusts, small hail and heavy rain.
The first round of showers and storms that was expected between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. really petered out as they moved across Lake Erie. That's thanks to cloud cover that preceded the storms and a stable lake breeze.
But, a cold front is still on the way for Wednesday night and cold fronts don't always care about the influence of a lake. Another batch of strong to severe storms will move through along this cold front beginning around 10 p.m. and lasting through 2 a.m., tracking from west to east. These could produce strong winds, heavy rain and be loud with thunder and lightning but will likely be below severe criteria.
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