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Frost, freeze advisories issued for parts of region

As if all the rain hasn't been enough to deal with, the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory and freeze advisory for parts of Western New York.

The frost advisory was issued for Southern Erie County, including Orchard Park and Springville, from midnight until 9 a.m. Monday. The freeze advisory is in effect for the same time frame in parts of Chautauqua County.

A frost advisory means temperatures could fall into the low 30s overnight and might damage tender vegetation. Residents in the affected areas are encouraged to take steps to protect tender vegetation and potted plants normally left outside should be covered or brought inside.

The freeze advisory is mainly for areas away from the lakeshore in Chautauqua County, at higher elevations. Temperatures could fall to as low as 30 degrees in some spots, said Jim Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Mitchell said it's not unusual to see temperatures fall this low in early May. The region may even experience some snow showers later tonight, but the only accumulation might be a dusting in the hilltops of the Southern Tier. "There's not a lot of moisture left to work with," he said.

Temperatures should slowly rise through the week, probably reaching the upper 40s on Monday, then reach the low 50s on Tuesday, the upper 50s by midweek and possibly touch 60 by the end of the week, Mitchell said.

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