Severe thunderstorms usher in cooler temps

Sep 11, 2016

Severe thunderstorms moved through Western New York Saturday night, resulting in some damage.

Storm clouds move into region Saturday evening.
Credit Photo courtesy of Dan Neaverth, Jr.

The storms brought down tree limbs and power lines. At the height of the storm, more than 1,600 utility customers were without power. All service has since been restored. A tree fell onto a house in Lockport while a light pole was brought down, forcing the closing of South Park Avenue in Lackawanna for a time.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Ansuini said conditions were ripe for severe weather.

"We had a very warm and humid air mass. Then, we had a very strong cold front move through during the evening hours, and that touched off thunderstorms and heavy rains," Ansuini said.

Officially, one inch of rain was recorded at the airport weather station, though some parts of Western New York saw up to two inches.

The cold front ushered in some much cooler temperatures and less humid conditions. Highs Sunday will be in the lower 70s but Ansuini said temperatures will once again hit 80 on Tuesday.