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Brutal cold expected to give way to nearly 50 degrees, rain by early next week

Winter's assault on the Buffalo Niagara region with feet of snow, frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills may feel interminable, but it won't last too long.

Temperatures are forecast to moderate as early as Saturday as a mid-level ridge of high pressure builds over the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said.

That ridge is expected to help push temperatures to nearly 40 degrees on Sunday.

Then, the mercury is forecast to climb into the upper 40s, to near 50 degrees, on Monday in the warm sector just ahead of an approaching storm system before tailing back again into the lower 40s Tuesday behind it.

"Chances for precipitation will be on the increase as the warm front will push through the region Sunday and Monday," the weather service said.

A ridge of high pressure will help boost temperatures early next week. (

Chances for precipitation exist on Sunday, but it could be a mix of snow, sleet and rain. The storm system is forecast to track north of Buffalo with rain showers expected late Monday.

The rapid warm-up could come at some cost. Forecasters said the period will require monitoring because of this week's heavy snow.

"Hydrologic impacts could become a concern with the upcoming warm-up and potential for rain," forecasters said.

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