Ready for a roller coaster ride of weather over the next 24 to 36 hours?
By this time tomorrow, it will be 50 degrees. But don’t expect to see much of the sun.
Instead, rain and thunderstorms are forecast, along with winds gusting to 50 mph.
Then a return Friday afternoon to 30 degrees.
And all of that could bring some flooding.
“The rain will start about 1 this afternoon and continue through mid-morning Friday," said Dan Kelly, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. “The higher temperatures will result in snow melt, and with the ground frozen to 21 inches, we’re going to have runoff that will enter the streams that are frozen.”
That’s why West Seneca highway crews today were delivering pallet loads of sandbags to residents of the Lexington Green neighborhood, which was inundated about a month ago by flooding from Buffalo Creek. Residents were picking up the sandbags at delivery points to take home to place around their houses.
The creek was flowing this morning, a day after members of the Buffalo Police Department’s Underwater Recovery Team cut triangular holes in the creek’s surface ice to promote flow and prevent ice jams.
“It’s breaking up,” said Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan, who said she walked the creek this morning with John Gullo, the town’s disaster coordinator. “It’s transformed from this solid ice to you can see the creek flowing.”
Meanwhile, chunks of ice that remained after the Jan. 11 flooding still dot the backyards of homes along Indian Church Road.
At the highway department, workers ran out of sand while filling sandbags and were waiting for delivery of more sand. Hundreds of sandbags already have been delivered to flood-prone neighborhoods, Meegan said.
Leading up to the high temperature of 50 Friday morning is the possibility of thunderstorms, bringing three-quarters to an inch of rain.
Winds will shift from the south to the southwest and by Friday gusts will approach 50 mph.
At the same time, that 50 temperature of early Friday morning will drop to the 30s, he said.