Strong winds pushing through the region Saturday morning peaked by early afternoon as the weather brought in showers and, possibly, a few wet snow flakes, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
A wind advisory that stretched to 6 p.m. featured winds averaging between 25 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph.
“Probably the strongest winds should be sometime around the early afternoon,” Meteorologist Jim Mitchell said earlier in the day. “It looks like that’s when the best ingredients will come together for the strongest winds.”
The weather service advised people to tie down Halloween decorations and bring in loose items such as garbage cans and chairs.
A cold front moving into Western New York will keep the temperatures cool for the next few days before they are expected to gradually rise to the mid-50s by Halloween. The National Weather Service has forecast a chance of showers with a high near 57 on Thursday.
the strong winds were attributed to a storm system that passing to the north of Lake Huron in Canada, Mitchell said. The difference between pressure systems to the north and south fueled the winds, Mitchell said.
“There’s a high to our southeast and the low is to our northwest,” Mitchell said. “So we’re basically like a sandwich in-between.”
A few wet snowflakes were recorded Saturday morning at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Mitchell said. It’s 42 degrees,” Mitchell said. “It’s wet. It’s just in the air.”