Buffalo got a good soaking of rain late Sunday and Monday but managed to be in the right place to avoid getting completely drenched.
That deluge of rain fell farther east, pounding Rochester with more than a month’s worth of rain – nearly 4 inches – in two days. Monroe, Wayne, Ontario and Livingston counties, as well as the Finger Lakes region, took the brunt of the heaviest rain. Roads were made impassable, or in some cases, washed away. Properties and basements also were flooded.
Tony Ansuini, National Weather Service meteorologist in Buffalo, said a warm frontal boundary extending across the northern part of the region – including Niagara and Orleans counties through to Monroe and Wayne counties – brought heavy thunderstorms between 10 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday. Then a low-pressure system moved in, bringing additional rainfall late Monday morning and into the early afternoon.
The rain and cooler temperatures are part of a changing weather pattern, often associated with early fall, that’s expected to stick around before more summer-like weather returns next week.
Temperatures will struggle to make 70 degrees today and remain in the low 70s through Friday with chances of showers in the forecast for at least the next two days. Overnight lows will range from the upper 50s to low 60s.
Rainfall totals were still being tabulated Monday night. In Erie County, as of noon, Akron got 2.5 inches of rain, followed by East Aurora, 1.3 inches, and Clarence Center, 1.1. Elsewhere, Lyndonville had 1.7 inches, Niagara Falls 1.5 inches, Ripley and Batavia, 1.3 inches and Forestville, 1.1.
A regional flood watch was in effect early Monday. There weren’t too many problems in the metro Buffalo area. Some traffic concerns were reported during the early morning in Genesee and Chautauqua counties. The eastbound Thruway was closed for a time during the midmorning hours between exits 47 and 46 – the Rochester-Le Roy and I-390 interchanges. Some earlier flooding also was also reported on the eastbound Thruway between exit 59 at Dunkirk/Fredonia and exit 58 at Silver Creek/Irving.
Farther east, the storm totals continued to mount Monday. The Ontario County community of Honeoye picked up 5.5 inches of rain as of midday Monday, raising the level of Honeoye Lake by nearly a foot and a half, officials said.
Rochester shattered its daily rainfall record Monday with 2.76 inches as of 6 p.m.
No flood watches remained in effect in Buffalo Niagara Monday night.