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Freeze warning overnight for interior Western New York

This brief return to chilly weather is going to get worse before it gets better.

A freeze warning has been issued for the interior Southern Tier of Western New York, and a frost advisory for the rest of the area. according to Shawn Smith, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Both are in effect from midnight Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday.

The freeze warning applies to Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming and southern Erie County. “This is mainly for the interior portions of these counties – away from the lake,” Smith said.

In the warning area, overnight temperatures will be in the lower 30s and could dip below freezing for a few hours. Elsewhere, lows could reach the middle 30s.

The last spring frost in this area typically occurs during a broad period: from mid-April to mid-May, according to Smith.

Meanwhile, daytime temperatures Wednesday will struggle to climb into the 50s. “You definitely felt the difference yesterday and it will be even more so today,” Smith said.

Thursday’s high temperatures are forecast in the low 60s.