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First week of 2017 will warm up before cooling down

The first week of 2017 will bring warmer-than-seasonal temperatures, followed by a return to colder air by midweek.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-40s on Monday and soar into the 50s on Tuesday. The local weather picture is set to snap back to reality on Wednesday, with temperatures returning to the low 30s, according Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga.

There is no significant snowfall in the immediate forecast. Hibbert also said Saturday that the temperature of Lake Erie is not yet at freezing.

"It's probably running a little above normal at 34 degrees. It should be closer to the freezing mark but we have been running at above-normal temperatures for awhile," Hibbert said.

"It's not enough that it would really make that much of a difference," he added, regarding the lake's ability to generate snow.

 

A wind advisory was in effect until about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, affecting mostly Niagara and northern portions of Erie County, bringing southwest winds between 20 to 30 mph and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

There also was some anticipation of minor property damage and localized power outages. The power of the gusts prompted caution traveling on elevated roadways that are exposed to crosswinds, including the Skyway and Grand Island bridges.

Saturday's high temperature reached 39 degrees, which is 7 degrees above normal for this time of year. Temperatures Sunday were expected to be a few degrees cooler, reaching  the mid-30s.

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