BUFFALO, N.Y. — Winds are beginning to weaken Friday evening, but gusts may still surpass 30 mph along the lake shores. There's still just enough lift in the atmosphere for some light to moderate lake effect snow showers throughout the region.
- A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties until 10pm tonight. 3"-5" of snow is possible in the most persistent snow bands.
- A Flood Warning is in effect for Tonawanda Creek at Rapids. The creek will crest this morning.
As of 9:45am Friday, there are about 4,500 National Gird customers without power. The majority are in Niagara County.
There are about 900 NYSEG customers without power, with the majority being in Clarence.
Wind speeds peaked at 40 to 50 mph Friday morning and early afternoon. The highest gusts were reported along the Lake Erie shore line with a 62 mph gust at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. The highest gust speed at the Buffalo Airport was 58 mph.
The high winds caused this tractor trailer to tip over on Route 77 in Corfu. The driver was not hurt.
The City of Buffalo says they've responded to over 20 calls regarding trees affected by the high winds. Most have been downed limbs or branches.
Lake effect snow bands will continue to make travel difficult south of Buffalo through 10 p.m. Friday evening. Accumulations may approach 6" in the most persistent snows. Winds will blow the snow around, reducing visibility overnight.
The weekend will be quiet but cold. Saturday will be breezy early with wind chills in the single digits. Sunday may afford a little sun before some light, widespread snow overnight.