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Today brings first above-freezing temperatures since Dec. 9

Feels kind of balmy this morning, right?

Temperatures are only expected to be in the upper 30s today, but it will feel a lot warmer than it has lately.

By 7 a.m., the mercury broke above freezing for the first time since Dec. 9. It was 37 degrees.

Forecasters said the unseasonably cold, snowy stretch that dates back nearly two weeks comes to an end today with a daytime high close to 40 degrees and chances for rain.

The National Weather Service forecasts the mercury to hit or exceed 40 degrees every day this week except Wednesday and Thursday.

Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect for the next 36 hours:

Today

There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation with early morning snowflakes possible before rain becomes likely later in the day.

Tonight

Chances for rain showers continue with overnight lows remaining above freezing — in the high 30s.

Tuesday

A 40 percent chance for rain showers, otherwise cloudy. Daytime highs in the low to mid 40s.

Southwest winds could gust as high as 50 mph ahead of an approaching cold front.

The National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for all of Western New York except for Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Tuesday night

The weather service calls for slight chances for rain showers in the early evening with chances for rain and snow just before midnight and snow showers after midnight as temperatures drop back below freezing.

Wednesday

Some lake-effect snow could develop behind the front, forecasters said; however, it could be tempered by a lack of available moisture and atmospheric conditions to fuel them.

"This should keep any activity fairly scattered and light in nature with any lake snows likely to end altogether Wednesday evening and high pressure and drier air build into the region," the weather service said.

Otherwise, except for chances for some early morning snow showers the rest of the day should be partly sunny with high temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

Beyond

Cloudy and seasonal conditions are expected Thursday with highs in the mid-30s before another warm-up Friday and Saturday with chances for rain and highs at or above 40 degrees, forecasts show.

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