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Warm spell into midweek will cede control to wintry stretch

Western New Yorkers will enjoy a respite from winter early in the week before hunkering down for colder, snowier weather.

After a warm stretch from Sunday through Wednesday, “We get colder and we’re going to stay cold for quite awhile,” said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Sunday will get into the upper 40s with a couple of quick rainshowers throughout the day. Steadier rain will develop overnight into Monday morning, with clouds for the rest of the day and higher temperatures reaching the mid-40s. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a high of about 40 degrees and rain overnight.

Wednesday will be rainy and windy but warm, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees and wind gusts of more than 50 mph. Temperatures will dip to the upper 20s overnight, which could bring some lake-effect snow by Thursday, with a high in the lower 30s.

Friday will have a low of 20 degrees and a chance of more lake-effect snow, with more of the same Saturday.

“Long term, it looks like the winter cold will be here to stay for quite some time starting late next week and for the foreseeable future,” Hitchcock said.