Buffalo, N.Y., will be battered by high winds and the risk of coastal flooding through Friday.
As the freshwater fury took shape, southerly winds increased during the day Thursday.
By the middle of Thursday night, gusts from the southwest reached 50 to 60 mph.
As winds swing around to more of a west to southwest direction late Thursday night into Friday, water from Lake Erie will be driven toward Buffalo and the potential for flooding along the lakeshore will increase.
Winds will be strong enough to down tree limbs and power lines and may cause minor property damage.
Be sure to secure loose items around your yard, such as trash cans, recycling bins and Halloween decorations.
Travel along I-90 and I-190 will be especially challenging.
The high winds will cause problems for high-profile vehicles and can be dangerous for any vehicle traversing the high bridges over the Niagara River.
It's shaping up to be a wet and stormy end to the weekend across the Southeast with the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Mother Nature will bring another blast of winter weather from Missouri to Delaware before spring arrives.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Cleveland area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Detroit area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Concordia, KS (1924)
17.2" of snow.
Neosha, MO (1970)
27.6" of snow.
Montgomery, AL (1990)
Rainfall of 7.75".