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Wintry temperatures, snow showers return to greet spring

Spring officially arrives at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but it’s going to feel a lot like winter.

An arctic front this weekend will put an end to our two-week stretch of above-average warmth, forecasters predict, and bring back snow showers, beginning Friday. Temperatures Friday will be stuck in the 30s, followed by frigid readings overnight in the low to mid 20s

For St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers, the better day will be Saturday, which is expected to be sunny, although barely above freezing. Sunday’s outlook is for occasional rain and snow showers with highs in the mid 30s.

Fortunately, Western New York will escape the coastal storm that is projected to pelt the Northeast with significant snow Sunday and Monday. Flights in and out of the New York City area and New England could be affected.

When will it feel like spring is really here? The middle of next week, meteorologists say, when rain replaces snow in the forecast and temperatures are due to bounce back into the 50s.