Monday started out around the freezing point. But it's warming up today and is expected to get up into the mid-50s by this afternoon.
"Almost a spring like day," said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.
There may be a couple of rain showers during the day but for the most part, it should be cloudy. Then a steady rain is expected Monday evening.
More seasonable weather returns Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the mid 30s.
Then "our next best chance for snow" comes Thursday night, Hitchcock said. During the day Thursday, the Buffalo metro area can expect some rain mixed in with wet snow. The temperatures are expected to drop by nighttime, bringing some minor accumulating snow for the metro area. "Maybe an inch or two," Hitchcock said, "and possibly some more significant amounts across the Southern Tier if lake-effect snow develops."