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Intense winds for Western New York

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Temperatures dropped early Thursday and the winds picked up gusting to more than 60 miles per hour in some areas.

YNN's Kate McGowan caught up with Western New Yorkers who braved the fierce weather to head outdoors.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Chilly, chilly, chilly. Wrap up, wrap up wrap up," exclaimed one Buffalo resident.

Words of advice from one Buffalo resident who was out and about Thursday morning.

"It's a little cold and chilly but what are you going to do? It's Buffalo for you. Born and raised here, gotta love it," expressed Ronald Lawrence.

It was a stark difference in temperatures Thursday as opposed to just a day earlier, where temperatures soared into the 60s. Weather officials said it shattered a nearly century old record.

Many Western New Yorkers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather.

"Enjoyed the weather," said Moniche Godfrey. "Opened up the windows, just enjoyed the cool breeze."

But Thursday was a much different story. Temperatures dropped around 30 degrees and the wind picked up.

The wind gusts were pretty intense in the City of Buffalo but elsewhere wind gusts reached more than 60 miles per hour.

"Some of the highest wind gusts were recorded along the Lake Erie shorelines and that's pretty typical in any type of wind event," explained YNN Meteorologist, Dan Russell.

The wind caused some power outages early Thursday, including the areas of Clarence, West Seneca and Buffalo. It also led to some down trees and power lines.

But some are keeping optimism and saying the worst is already over.

"We're at the bottom of the knife as far as I'm concerned. I don't think we'll get too much more snow, if we do, hopefully this is the last batch that we get. And we'll be done with it, and it's just cold. Hopefully we can move on to the spring and summer. But I'll take it, whatever we get," exclaimed a Western New Yorker.

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