Beware of falling of tree limbs as you hold onto your hat.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for much of Western New York beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday and lasting through 1 p.m. Monday.
Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 60 mph, are expected in Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. A slight risk of severe weather could accompany the stiff breezes. Hunters should be particularly aware of the possibility of tree damage.
“You could see some tree limbs down, some power lines down,” said Dan Kelly, National Weather Service meteorologist. “You need to be careful, especially if you’re out in the woods.”
A warm front during the day is expected to push temperatures into the mid-60s, but there’s also an 80 percent chance of scattered showers throughout the region.
The warm weather will continue into Monday morning. Temperatures will then fall during the afternoon. On Tuesday, highs will reach into the upper 30s – well below normal.
The National Weather Service also is cautioning people about the potential for flooding along Lake Erie.
A lakeshore Flood Watch is in effect Sunday evening through early Monday afternoon for shorelines in Erie and Chautauqua Counties, with the high winds expected to cause lake levels to rise sharply.