Saturday, March 5, 2022

High wind watch begins Sunday as near record warmth possible

By BEN BEAGLE, ben@batavianews.com

The National Weather Service has issued a pair of high wind watches that include the four-county GLOW region and will be in effect from 9 a.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Sunday. Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are possible in Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Monroe, Erie and Niagara counties, according to the Weather Service.

A separate watch that includes Livingston County is forecasting southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The watch also includes Allegany, Ontario, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wayne counties. Damaging winds could blow down numerous trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, the Weather Service said.

Fasten loose objects or shelter objects in a safe location prior to the onset of winds. The winds are part of a warming trend this weekend that could see temperatures peak in the upper 60s on Sunday, approaching record highs for the day. Forecast highs for Sunday include 68 degrees in Batavia, near 70 in Dansville, 69 in Geneseo, 66 in Warsaw and 68 in Albion.

Normal high temperatures in the GLOW region for March 6 are in the upper 30s and low 40s, according to historical data from the Weather Service. Among record high temperatures for March 6 for GLOW region communities, according to the Weather Service, are:
■ Albion, 68 degrees in 2004 (average, 41 degrees).
■ Avon, 73 degrees in 1946 (average, 39 degrees).
■ Dansville, 73 degrees in 1976 (average, 42 degrees).
■ Hemlock, 63 degrees in 1961 (average, 40 degrees).
■ Mount Morris, 70 degrees in 1976 (average, 39 degrees).
■ Portageville, 68 degrees in 2010 (average, not available).
■ Warsaw, 68 degrees in 1976 (average, 35 degrees).

The record high for Buffalo is 72 degrees in 1946, with an average high of 38 on March 6. For Rochester, the record of 70 degrees on March 6 dates to 1894 and the average high temperature is 40 degrees. The forecast high for Buffalo on Sunday is 58 degrees. The forecast high for Rochester on Sunday is 68 degrees, according to the Weather Service.

With the warmth will be some showers late Saturday night into Sunday morning with the strong gusty winds arriving on Sunday, the Weather Service said.

Another system will bring a mix of rain and snow to the area Monday and Monday night.

The warmth and rain has raised some flooding concerns as current creek and river flows continue to be above normal, particularly in the Tonawanda Creek and Black Creek areas. Flows are also above normal in the Genesee and Allegany river basins and near normal for Buffalo-area creeks, according to the Weather Service.

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