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This week will get warmer, but wet weekend in the forecast

Once Western New York gets past Tuesday morning's single-digit temperatures, things will get warmer for the rest of the week before more long-term cold weather sets in.

Tuesday's highs will reach the mid 20s, according to the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga, an improvement over Monday's high temperatures which reached only the mid teens.

"We should see quite a good deal of sun today," said meteorologist Jim Mitchell. There's a chance for some spots to see a stray flurry here and there, he said.

Wednesday will be sunny with highs in the mid 30s.

"Tomorrow, it looks like a beautiful day for this time of year," Mitchell said.

Thursday's highs are expected to hit the lower 40s and those highs will stick around through the weekend, though it's going to get wet. A front coming through later in the day on Friday will bring showers to Western New York that will stick around for Saturday and Sunday, Mitchell said. But the precipitation will arrive in the form of rain, not snowflakes.

"It looks like it will be all liquid," he said.

Sunday night, another front will come through the region bringing a change to colder temperatures. Rain will shift to snow and temperatures won't get above the upper 20s on Monday.

"It looks like a return to real winter weather," Mitchell said, "and this time for the longer term."

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