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Lots of lake-effect snow forecast for this Buffalo winter

Get out and enjoy this warm autumn weather while you can.

AccuWeather predicts a cold and snowy winter for the Buffalo area.

"Areas prone to lake-effect snow will also see high totals, including Cleveland, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Buffalo, New York," AccuWeather said Thursday morning.

"I think this year is going to bring a good ski season in the Northeast," AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said in the statement. "And around the holidays we should have some snow for the interior Northeast."

But according to the forecast, we won't be getting the worst of the cold. The northern Plains could see temperatures dip to minus 30 degrees this winter.

The National Weather Service doesn't put out its winter forecast for a while yet, but meteorologist Shawn Smith said Thursday morning that there's no chance of snow anytime soon.

In fact, it's going to be downright summery through midweek next week.

"We are looking at basically above normal temperatures as we move into the weekend," he said, with highs in the uppers 70s and possibly into the low 80s. There might be some showers and gusty winds here and there through Tuesday.

A cold front is expected to come through the area on Wednesday, knocking temperatures down to about normal, which is 64 degrees in Buffalo this time of year.

Smith assured that there's absolutely no indication of a repeat of the October Surprise storm which hit Oct. 12 and 13, 2006, dumping two feet of snow on Buffalo and destroying thousands of trees.

"We're not looking at any significant Arctic intrusion or anything like that," Smith said.




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