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A 50° Sunday in Buffalo to end January; weekend warm-up continues into February

February, v.2016, is forecast to start at 40 degrees at midnight Monday.

And, it will go up from there.

Monday's forecast high is 45 degrees with a chance of rain showers.

Last February, the thermometer never crested above freezing the entire month, which went down as Buffalo's coldest month ever recorded.

There will be no repeat performance.

That's because Buffalo Niagara region's "not so much winter" winter wears on into February next week, and signs point to an above-average warmup in temperatures, according to National Weather Service forecasters.

The thermometer is forecast to hit 50 degrees Sunday in Buffalo and remain near or above 40 degrees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the 30s.

The averages for Feb. 1-3 are daily highs of 31 degrees and overnight lows of 18.

From National Weather Service forecast discussion (emphasis added)

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A storm system tracking to the west next week could usher in high winds to the region Wednesday, forecasters said, but models project Buffalo Niagara will remain "on the warm side" with rain and winds likely.

In the meantime, chances of on-again, off-again snow showers remains in the forecast through Saturday.

Here's a look at the National Weather Service's forecast for the rest of the week:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, then slight chance of snow showers, Low 26.

Thursday: 50 percent chance of snow showers, breezy, High 35.

Thursday Night: Snow showers, Low 26.

Friday: Chance of snow showers, mostly cloudy, High 26.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, Low 22.

Saturday: Chance of snow showers, then a chance of rain showers, High 38.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, Low 35.

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