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Easter is a wintry affair Milder temperatures are due by midweek

Continued cold and snowy weather made for a White Easter in Buffalo on Sunday and forced the Buffalo Bisons to postpone their opening day for the fourth consecutive day. But, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the wintry weather is not all that unusual for this time of year.

Chuck Tingley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that while it is colder than normal, Sunday's weather is not unheard of for this time in April.

"No question the temperatures have been colder," he said Sunday night.

"But it's only been the last four days where it was noticeably much colder," he said. Sunday saw only a trace of snow, with a high temperature of 31 and a low of 23, he said.

The bitterly cold weather is due to a northwest flow of colder-than-normal air that moved in and just stayed put, he said.

The good news is the cold air mass will start to lose its grip over the region within the next 24 to 36 hours.

"By Tuesday you should notice a difference," Tingley said.

Today will be slightly warmer, and while there is a chance of snow showers Tuesday, it will be "noticeably nicer" with partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 30s. Wednesday will bring a mix of clouds and sun, with some rain in the afternoon, and milder temperatures, with highs in the 40s.

Sunday's doubleheader baseball game between the Bisons and the Richmond Braves, scheduled for Dunn Tire Park, was postponed "due to freezing wind chill temperatures," according to a statement released by the Bisons.

The teams will make up the lost games from this weekend when the Bisons visit the Richmond Braves June 9-12.

Fans holding tickets to Thursday's, Friday's, Saturday's or Sunday's game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2007 Bisons game, excluding July 3.

But, despite the chilly temperatures and delayed ballgames, signs of spring can be found, if you look hard enough.

Holiday Valley ski resort closed, as scheduled, Sunday, and Buffalo's first Dyngus Day Parade will go on as scheduled today, regardless of the weather.

"We're very optimistic," Marty Biniasz, founder of Dyngus Day Buffalo, said Sunday night. "If it's cold, that's no problem. Being that it's the first year, whatever happens, regardless of the weather, it should be spectacular."

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the Broadway Market and will end at the Central Terminal. Biniasz said it is "the first-ever parade associated with Dyngus Day anywhere in the world."

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