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Spring arrives with slightly above-normal temperatures

Above-normal temperatures will usher in the arrival of spring Friday night.

But don’t get too excited.

Those above-normal temperatures refer to the night-time low, which will remain at or above freezing Friday night.

Normal is 29 degrees, according to meteorologist Dave Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

And, as the weekend progresses, temperatures are going to fall well below normal – both for daytime highs and lows.

Some snow is in the forecast for the final day of winter, although it’s not expected to amount to much.

“We’ll have a little bit of wet snow down across the Southern Tier,” Thomas said Friday morning. “Up here in Buffalo, there might be some sprinkles. That will be about it.”

High temperatures Friday will be in the lower 40s; normal is 46.

Spring officially arrives at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Temperatures will reach the lower 40s again Saturday, but plunge to the upper teens as a cold front passes through at night.

There’s a better chance of some rain in Buffalo on Saturday, Thomas said.

“Not a lot of rain – just enough to wet the pavement,” he said.

But after the cold front passes, high temperatures Sunday and Monday will be only in the 30s. Night-time lows will be in the mid-teens.

Normal high temperatures should jump a few degrees on a weekly basis during spring.

“At this point in time, we’ll add on about 3 degrees for the average temperature,” Thomas said. “Forty-six this week will become 49 next week.”

Here’s hoping for normal.