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Rainy Thursday and Friday may bring thunder; cooler through next week

April's weather roulette in Buffalo continues today, through this weekend and into next week.

Add thunder to the smorgasbord of weather that's graced the Buffalo Niagara region this month. It's possible later this afternoon as atmospheric conditions ripen behind the passage of a warm front.

After eight full April days without any precipitation whatsoever, chances for rain increase this afternoon with winds gusting above 20 mph between noon and 4 p.m., National Weather Service forecasts show.

Thunderstorms are also possible between about 4 and 7 p.m., the weather service said.

Soggy conditions are expected to continue right through Friday evening as chances for rain remain in the picture over the next 33 hours, forecasts show.

A southerly flow of air is expected to boost daytime temperatures back into the lower 70s, making it a full week in a row where the thermometer has run above-normal after a much below-average start to April.

So far, temperatures this month have ranged from a low of 17 degrees at 5:33 a.m. on April 5 to 74 degrees at 3:29 p.m. Sunday.

And, there's been 7.1 inches of snow in April, the most since April 2005.

No more snow is expected in the forecast through at least the middle of next week, but conditions will turn much cooler starting Friday night, according to the weather service forecast.

After showers and a high of 61 degrees expected Friday, temperatures recede back into the upper 30s overnight.

High pressure will take over Saturday with mostly sunny conditions expected, but a cooler airmass will take hold. Saturday's high is only expected to make it to 51 degrees, which is about 7 degrees below normal.

Below-normal conditions continue through at least Wednesday with daytime highs expected to only get into the upper 40s or lower 50s and overnights in the 30s.


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