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Dreary end to September could chip into rainfall deficit

Say goodbye to sunshine until at least Sunday.

An upper-level low pressure system will slowly grind its way southward from Michigan into the Ohio Valley over the next couple of days.

It will help pull in moisture from the Atlantic Ocean that could see some places in the Mid-Atlantic region like Washington, D.C., pick up five inches or more of rain, forecasts show. As much as four inches of rain is forecast as close as State College, Pa., but more moderate amounts will fall across upstate New York, including the Buffalo Niagara region.

Total precipitation forecast over the next three days shows about an inch of rain will fall over Buffalo with higher amounts further south. (National Weather Service graphic)

Total precipitation forecast over the next three days shows about an inch of rain will fall over Buffalo with higher amounts further south. Areas near Altoona, Pa., could receive up to 5 inches. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today and Thursday

Clouds will increase this afternoon around the Buffalo Niagara region, occupying nearly three-quarters of the sky by about 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Daytime highs will top out in the mid-70s.

Increased chances for rain start after dinnertime tonight, the forecast shows. And, southerly winds become easterly.

About two-tenths of an inch of rain is possible by Thursday morning with an additional four-tenths of an inch forecast for the balance of the day.

Most of that rain will fall between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., forecasters project.

Breezy easterly winds could gust above 20 mph between 3 and 6 p.m. on Thursday. Temperatures will be in the mid-60s. Lows overnight will drop into the mid-50s.

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Today will be the last chance to catch some sunshine until Sunday. (National Weather Service)

Friday and Saturday

The sky will be almost entirely overcast both days.

Another three-quarters of an inch of rain is forecast over Friday and Saturday in Buffalo as chances for rain increase from 50 percent Friday to 60 percent on Saturday.

East winds will predominate.

The forecast calls for daytime highs to be in the mid to upper 60s with overnight lows in the mid-50s.

Sunday

Scattered showers are still possible, according to the National Weather Service forecast, but it could be partly sunny during some of the day with a high near 70 degrees.

 

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