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Behold a big chill, with reappearance of lake-effect snow

A regional cool-off is in store for the beginning of the week – a contrast to recent, pleasantly mild days. when temperatures flirted with the 50s.

Saturday’s high of 54 degrees – the record was 63 degrees in 2008 – will seem awfully nice come Wednesday – a sunny day but with the high reaching only 26 degrees.

Rain overnight Saturday started the downward spiral. Sunday’s high of 39 degrees is expected early in the day. Monday and Tuesday will be mostly cloudy, with highs of 32 and 27 degrees, respectively.

The cool-off, acccording to Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, will result in temperatures “not only lower, but below normal.”

Lake-effect snow could return come midweek, south of Buffalo and in northern Niagara County – but “nothing huge,” according to Hibbert

Next weekend, Hibbert said, could see the return of warmer temperatures, wind gusts and rain – similar to the weather pattern that roiled the regional landscape late Wednesday and into Thursday.