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High winds could cause scattered power outages

12 p.m.: Strong winds in southern Erie and Chautauqua counties are expected to continue through mid-afternoon, the National Weather Service warns.

The weather agency has issued a high wind warning for areas including Orchard Park, Springville and Jamestown until 3 p.m.

South to southeast winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph along the shore of Lake Erie. The strongest winds will blow directly across the New York Thruway,  according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service also warns that moderate to heavy rain today could cause creeks and rivers to rise.

Temperatures in the Buffalo area are expected to reach near 50 today, but will turn colder by Wednesday night. Snow showers, with the potential for lake effect accumulations south of Buffalo, are expected Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night.

A lake effect snow watch issued this morning will take effect Wednesday afternoon and calls for the potential of up to one foot of snow in some areas. The bulk of the snow is currently expected to fall in the Southtowns, southern Genesee County and ski country. A shift in wind direction could push the snow into other areas, according to the weather service.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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