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Polls open to sunshine, will close with raindrops

Above-average temperatures for four out of the last five presidential elections in Buffalo have made going to the polls more comfortable.

Later this afternoon, you'll probably need an umbrella.

An approaching cold front will usher in some rain showers starting around dinnertime. Chances for rain increase through the 9 p.m. poll closing time, forecasts show.

The day opened with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 40s.

The thermometer is expected to climb to about 60 degrees this afternoon but clouds will increase.

Here's an hour-by-hour forecast to help you plan the rest of your Election Day:

Time Temp. Winds Rain Chance
3 p.m. 60° SW-14 16%
4 p.m. 60° SW-14 20%
5 p.m. 58° SW-14 69%
6 p.m. 56° SW-14, gust 24 82%
7 p.m. 54° SW-13, gust 26 80%
8 p.m. 54° SW-11, gust 25 77%
9 p.m. 53° W-10, gust 23 43%

The weather for presidential election days is generally temperate in Buffalo.

Records show it's been in the 60s for every such Election Day since 2000, except for 2012.

The average daily high temperature for today's date is 51 degrees.

Over the last 10 presidential elections, records also show there's been rain about half of the time.

Only twice has the temperature dropped below freezing, including 2012.

And, despite that today's the day when Buffalo receives its first measurable snowfall, on average, there's only been a hint of snow once on a presidential Election Day - in 1984.

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Here's a review of the National Weather Service's data for the presidential Election Day in Buffalo dating back to 1976:

2012, Nov. 6: High 41° / Low 30° / no precipitation

2008, Nov. 4: High 68° / Low 49° / no precipitation

2004, Nov. 2: High 60° / Low 45° / 0.74 inches of rain

2000, Nov. 7: High 64° / Low 34° / no precipitation

1996, Nov. 5: High 54° / Low 40° / trace precipitation

1992, Nov. 3: High 62° / Low 51° / 0.02 inches of rain

1988, Nov. 8: High 44° / Low 40° / 0.17 inches of rain

1984, Nov. 6: High 42° / Low 34° / trace of snow

1980, Nov. 4: High 59° / Low 46° / 0.12 inches of rain

1976, Nov. 2: High 50° / Low 28° / trace precipitation

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