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Buds, bikes... and boats? Oh my! Spring-like week in Buffalo is at hand

Signs of spring are blossoming across the Buffalo Niagara region today.

The hats, gloves and boots are away. Car windows are rolled down. Hot dog stands are opening. And, bicycles and motorcycles are returning to the road.

That much-anticipated warm-up is arriving as forecast. With it will come an early epidemic of spring fever.

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Today, the temperature will get close to 50 degrees under partly sunny skies.

A brisk southwest wind gusting over 30 mph will make it feel a little cooler today but after dropping only into the lower 40s overnight, the temperature rebounds even further on Tuesday.

It'll be mostly cloudy with temperatures close to 60 degrees.

And, even warmer Wednesday with daytime highs in the mid-60s.

The mercury recedes slightly back into the lower 50s Thursday and Friday but back to the mid to upper 50s for the weekend, forecasts show.

This boat was being pulled by a pick-up truck on Route 5 in the Buffalo Southtowns early Monday morning. (T.J. Pignataro)

This boat was being pulled by a pick-up truck on Route 5 in the Buffalo Southtowns early Monday morning. (T.J. Pignataro)

Although, it might seem to be a welcome relief from a not-too-shabby winter on the heels of two drastically cold and snowy ones, this week's weather is well-above normal for this time of year.

The average high for this week is 39 degrees, and overnight lows are normally in the mid-20s.

Last year, it didn't hit 60 degrees until April 2. Two years ago, the first 60-degree day came April 1.

This week's weather will add to 2016's early total. It made it into the 60s twice already in February.

On top of that, there's little ice on Lake Erie, a drastic change from recent years.

The roughly 12 percent ice cover on the lake as of Sunday will likely melt away quickly over the next few days.

The lake was 94 and 95 percent covered in ice on this date over each of the last two years respectively, and is normally more than 50 percent covered in ice on March 7.

The lake temperature at Buffalo Sunday was 34 degrees. It's only the fifth time in more than 40 years the lake's temperature has been above the freezing point this early in the season. The other years were 2012 (35°), 2002 (34°), 1998 (36°) and 1983 (35°).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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