Sunday’s weather may be a repeat of Saturday with a good chance of heavy rain in the late afternoon or early evening in areas east and southeast of Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service.
There is a chance of heavy rain for southern Erie County and the Southern Tier away from Lake Erie and in the metro Buffalo area, said meteorologist Jim Mitchell. Small hail is also possible. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of upper 70s near the lake and low 80s inland, he added.
An upper-level trough of cold air above warm air is blamed for the instability, which produced slow-moving, heavy rains early Saturday afternoon at rates of up to 2½ inches per hour in some areas.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported minor flooding of roadways and basements in Silver Creek at Main Street, Central Avenue and Route 20. Minor flooding also was reported along Route 394 in Lakewood, near Jamestown.
The Town of Yorkshire was hardest hit in Cattaraugus County, with several downed trees and scattered power outages. according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Monday should see a return to calm, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. More instability is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday with a dry period later in the week.