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It will be a windy Christmas

Staff Reports Posted 24 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The clock on Main Street in Albion stands outside the former Citizens National Bank at 121 North Main.

It’s going to be a windy Christmas. The National Weather Service has issued a high winds warning for Orleans and several other WNY counties beginning at 8 p.m. today and ending at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

There will be southwest winds from 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 65 mph, the Weather Service said.

“The greatest risk for damaging winds will be from late this evening through early Christmas morning,” according to the Weather Service.

The strong winds could take down some trees and power lines, resulting in scattered power outages. Holiday decorations could also be damaged.

The warning was issued for Orleans and the following counties: Niagara, Monroe, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, northern Erie and southern Erie.

It won’t be a white Christmas. Today’s temperature is forecast for a high of 58, followed by a high of 40 on Christmas, with temperatures peaking at 45 on Friday, 46 on Saturday and 33 on Sunday.