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New record high temperature for Feb. 1 set just after midnight

The first few minutes of February felt pretty warm in Western New York.

We set a record high temperature just after midnight when the thermometer hit 58 degrees. The record for Feb. 1 had been 56 degrees and was set in 1989.

The temperature dropped as a cold front started coming through the area about 12:30 a.m.

"If you're outside now, it feels nowhere close to 58," said National Weather Service meteorologist David Thomas.

At 7 a.m., the temperature at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga was 39. That's about where forecasters say the temperature will stay throughout the day.

The average high temperature for Feb. 1 is 31 degrees.

We'll see some sun throughout the day, but we won't really warm up as colder air continues to move in, Thomas said. Temperatures tonight will drop to about 28 degrees.

Things will get a bit windy Tuesday night, especially along the Chautauqua Ridge and along the Lake Erie shoreline, where gusts could reach 45 mph or greater. Forecasters also expect some rain to move in Tuesday night and through the daytime on Wednesday.

A cold front will bring lake-effect snow to the typical "snow belt" areas starting early Thursday, Thomas said.

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