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Colder, foggy Friday. A seasonal weekend. And, a big warmup Monday.

February's up-and-down weather will continue with another dip today, and a riser early next week.

Temperatures began in the 40s during the early hours, but a passing cold front through the Buffalo Niagara region will drop the mercury steadily all day, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasts charts also show it'll dip to about 30 by lunchtime, 20 degrees by evening and into the teens overnight.

The day will start out with some locally dense fog in Southern Erie, Wyoming,  Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, with visibility as low as a quarter mile.

"Motorists should slow down and remain alert for rapid changes in visibility," the weather service said in a special weather statement issued at 5:30 a.m. "Visibility is expected to improve by mid-morning."

Also the fog has prompted some outbound flights from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

For the region, it'll be breezy with northwest winds gusting over 20 mph from the mid morning through mid afternoon, forecasts show.

There are also some slight chances for snow showers in the early afternoon today, forecasters said.

The weekend forecast looks seasonal for this time of year.

Forecasters project highs in the mid to upper 30s on Saturday and near 40 degrees on Sunday with sunny conditions both days.

The average high temperature in Buffalo for this weekend is 34 degrees.

A robust warm up comes early next week with rain, the weather service said.

With cold air filling in the western part of the United States, a sharp ridge will take hold in the east, forecasters said.

That will help to pull warm, moist air from as far south as the Gulf of Mexico up to Buffalo.

Showers are in the forecast on Monday, Monday night and Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 50s both days. They'll only dip into the lower 50s overnight on Monday, forecasters said.

 

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