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Springlike week brings rain, temperatures near 70° in spots

Better luck next year, Punxsutawney Phil.

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania's best known rodent prognosticator predicted six more weeks of winter.

It lasted about 17 days.

Even Buffalo Niagara's largest remaining parking lot snow piles don't stand much of a chance this week.

Rain and a high of 50 degrees is forecast Monday, then temperatures are forecast to rocket up to near 60 degrees on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures warming up today to near 50 degrees, but it's also going to be rainy. (National Weather Service)

A southerly flow of air will also bring "gusty downslope winds" off of the Chautauqua Ridge today, the weather service said.

The weather service issued a wind advisory until 10 a.m. for Chautauqua County. Gusts up to 50 mph are forecast with strong crosswinds forecast across the New York State Thruway between Ripley and Silver Creek.

Forecasters said a robust low level jet stream will transfer warm, moist southerly air into the region, resulting in the drastic, unseasonable warm-up – and precipitation. Lots of it.

Between a quarter to half inch of rain is forecast today, up to another one-half to three-quarters of an inch tonight with up to another one-quarter inch coming on Tuesday.

Tuesday also could bring temperatures close to 60 but it's not quite Buffalo's record high for Tuesday's date which was 64 degrees, set in 1955.

But the warmth will be again tempered by rain and breezy conditions.

Rainy and warm conditions also will stick around on Wednesday, forecasters said.

After a dip back into the upper 20s overnight Wednesday behind a cold front, the mid-40s to 50 degrees are forecast to return by the end of the week and next weekend, the weather service projected.

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