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Unsprung: Buffalo's first week of spring could prove cold, snowy at times

It's a trick only Mother Nature can pull.

The first week of spring in Buffalo looks to be colder - and snowier - than the first week of winter.

Forecasts show the potential for some snow on Sunday, which is the first day of spring (and not surprisingly, the date of the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade).

It's still a little early to say for sure where the snow will fall, and when, but after a two-week streak of above-normal weather, the National Weather Service and AccuWeather forecasts show a drastic change toward cooler than average conditions late in the weekend and continuing into next week.

The warmth of the last days of winter turn into a chilly start to spring. (AccuWeather.com)

The warmth of the last days of winter turn into a chilly start to spring. (AccuWeather.com)

 

National Weather Service forecast

National Weather Service forecast

 

It's a stark contrast to the start of winter last December, which went down as the warmest December on record in Buffalo.

The first six days of the 2015-16 winter season featured wildly warm days of 54°, 65°, 66°, 48°, 45° and 48° with no measurable snow.

Details of a potential storm system tracking through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast late next weekend and into early next week won't be shored up until later in the week, but some models have already sparked some attention with forecasters.

Excerpted from the National Weather Service forecaster's discussion.

Excerpted from the National Weather Service forecaster's discussion late Monday.

 

By this morning, even the forecast models changed dramatically.

Excerpted from the National Weather Service forecaster's discussion.

Excerpted from the National Weather Service forecaster's discussion just before 7 a.m. today.

In the meantime, on-again, off-again rain showers are expected between today and Thursday. Daytime highs will be in the 50s with overnight lows in the 40s.

Temperatures turn colder late Thursday night, dropping back into the 30s.

Friday's high temperature won't get out of the lower 40s, the forecast shows before receding below the freezing point and into the upper 20s Friday night.

 

 

 

 

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