Temperatures will plummet to freezing on Friday

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By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 November 2017 at 2:20 pm

Lakeshore flood watch issued again for Orleans, southshore

The nice fall-like temperatures will take a plunge Thursday night and stay cold on Friday, when the high temperature is forecast to only reach 27 degrees.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lakeshore flood watch from Thursday evening through Friday afternoon for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, northern Cayuga, Oswego and Jefferson counties.

Rain showers late Thursday afternoon and early evening are expected to change to snow showers by Thursday night as temperatures fall rapidly from the 40s into the 20s.

A flash freeze is possible Thursday evening and overnight, meaning wet road surfaces may quickly turn to black ice, resulting in dangerous travel conditions, the Weather Service said. Bridges, overpasses, and any elevated surfaces are especially susceptible to flash freezing.

Snow squalls are also possible Thursday night, which may result in minimal snow accumulations, but produce localized poor visibility and slick roads, resulting in dangerous travel conditions.

The lakeshore flood watch was issued because strong northwest winds will develop behind a cold front Thursday evening and continue into Friday. The strong winds and building wave action will combine with above normal lake levels to increase shoreline erosion.

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