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Return to wintry pattern this week; November ended as city's coldest since '96

A passing cold front would sweep away Buffalo's brief warm-up. Chilly air, and snow showers, are forecast to set up behind it. (National Weather Service)

December's brief tease is already ending.

If you were inside watching Sunday's Buffalo Bills loss to the Miami Dolphins, you probably missed it. The high temperature reached a balmy 57 degrees at 2:40 p.m. Sunday.

Expect chilly temperatures and a return to snowfall around Western New York this week, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

The passage of a cold front through the region early today will usher in much cooler air behind it.

Today's high temperature will likely be recorded around midnight as the mercury lingered in the mid-40s. It will slide all day.

Temperatures are forecast to dip into the upper 30s by lunchtime, the lower 30s by evening and down into the 20s overnight with a 60 percent chance for snow showers.

Today, forecasters called for chances for morning rain showers to transition over to snow showers with less than an inch possible. It's expected to be windy with westerly winds gusting near 40 mph through the morning hours.

Chances for snow showers remain in the forecast the balance of the week, weather service forecasts show. Daytime highs are mainly forecast in the 30s with overnight lows in the 20s.

The best opportunity for significant snowfall could come late Wednesday into Thursday with "a few periods of lake-effect snow" expected across the region.

"A period of lake-effect snow is expected from late Wednesday night through Thursday northeast of Lake Erie," the weather service said. "Light lake-effect snow will move north into the area late Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Lake-effect snow will then strengthen Thursday afternoon before moving south of the area Thursday night. Light to moderate accumulations are possible."

Meanwhile, the book was closed on November's weather at midnight Friday.

The city recorded its 10th coldest November on record (dating back to 1870). The month's average temperature was 35.5 degrees.

It was Buffalo's coldest November since 1996.

There was also 13.4 inches of snow recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. That's nearly a half-foot more than a normal November.

It was the most November snow in Buffalo since 20.5 inches was measured in 2014, and the third-highest November snow total since 2001.

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