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What to expect the next 36 hours

Tonight:

Chances for snow showers in Buffalo are 40 percent.

Temperatures are forecast to drop into the low 20s.

Thursday (Groundhog Day):

There's a good chance Punxsutawney Phil and Dunkirk Dave won't see their shadows on Groundhog Day Thursday morning.

Nearly 100 percent cloudy conditions are forecast in Western New York between 6 and 11 a.m. with snow likely between 8 a.m. and noon.

Mostly cloudy conditions are forecast throughout the day with daytime high temperatures in the mid-20s.

With westerly winds gusting above 20 mph, it could feel like it's in the single digits during the afternoon hours, forecasts show.

In Punxsutawney, Pa., mostly cloudy conditions are also forecast Thursday.

Tradition has it that when a groundhog doesn't see its shadow on Feb. 2, it portends an early spring.

Some January weather facts:

    • The 1.8 inches of snow that fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Tuesday brought the city up to 11 inches total snowfall for the month. In an average January in Buffalo, there's 25.3 inches.
    • The 31.1 degree average temperature in January was 6.1 degrees above normal for January. It was the ninth warmest January in Buffalo since World War II.
    • For 29 of January's 31 days, the depth of the snow at the Buffalo airport was two inches or less. Since World War II, only 2006 (all 31 days) had more days with such little snow.

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Buffalo's January weather roundup

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