High winds for Tuesday upgraded from Watch to Warning, with significant rainfall also forecast

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TUESDAY STORM UPDATE: The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded Tuesday’s High Wind Watch, which we reported earlier today, to a HIGH WIND WARNING, and expanded the impacted area to more counties to the north.

Soggy ground and trees which grow and strengthen to brace against southwest winds, versus the high winds being forecast from a southeast direction during this storm, have resulted in the updated alert from the NWS at Buffalo for 10AM Tuesday through 4AM Wednesday.

Winds of 35-to-45MPH, with gusts to 65MPH, are predicted to uproot trees and knock out power lines, with “widespread power outages” being expected, according to forecasters. “Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”

The NWS also is recommending that loose and shelter objects be fastened down or moved to a safe location prior to the onset of winds.

It also says that people should “avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.”

A High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 40MPH or higher are expected for one hour or more, or wind gusts of 58MPH or higher for any duration, versus a High Wind Watch when such conditions only are predicted as possible.

Some snow also is being forecast currently to start the day on Tuesday before turning over to rain around noontime, with significant rainfall being projected.

The NWS at Binghamton is alerting to the “potential for excessive rainfall and some flooding.” No alerts have been posted at this writing for adjoining Pennsylvania counties.

Prepare now for high winds and power interruptions and alert family members and friends to this weather event.

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Another significant storm is possible this coming weekend, with potential for substantial snow and/or rain. It still is too early to determine details or possible impacts.

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