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Rain Thursday, then dry all weekend

There’ll be a just couple of sprinkles of rain during Thursday’s morning commute.

Then watch out.

“The real rain will get here by late morning,” said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

An area of low pressure will be moving across Pennsylvania. “Right along that low track is where the heaviest rain will be,” Hitchcock said.

Between one and two inches of rain is forecast for some areas of the Southern Tier, prompting a flash flood watch that takes effect at 11 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. The metro Buffalo area is on the northern edge of that low pressure, and could see up to a quarter-inch.

The rain will stick around for roughly six hours. “It should be over by late afternoon,” Hitchcock said.

Temperatures Thursday will reach only about 70 degrees, which is 10 degrees cooler than the normal high for July 9, according to Hitchcock.

“Friday looks much better,” Hitchcock said: partly to mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-70s.

And it gets even better: “It will be dry tomorrow, and it will be dry both days of the weekend,” he said.