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'Short respite' expected in Buffalo's weather Thursday; next storm system arrives overnight

There haven't been many lulls in the weather department in Buffalo over the last several weeks.

One of the 12-hour variety is expected Thursday, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast Thursday morning with increasing clouds by afternoon.

Daytime highs could flirt with 40 degrees. And, it won't be nearly as windy as the last two days with southerly winds expected ahead of the next system, which will approach later Thursday from the west, the weather service said.

That system is expected to arrive in the Buffalo Niagara region late Thursday night with a round of rain showers. Up to one-quarter inch is possible.

The best chances for rain are likely to occur between about midnight and 7 a.m. Friday, weather service forecasts show.

It'll be another windy overnight, forecasters said.

"The strong southwesterly flow will allow temperatures to remain or climb into the upper 30s to even lower 40s Thursday night," the weather service said. "As the associated precipitation shield overspreads the region from west to east, the milder boundary layer will result in rain showers for most areas."

Southerly winds will ramp up overnight gusting to near 50 mph by Friday morning, forecasters said.

Rain showers could transition over to snow showers by late Friday morning as cold air builds behind a passing cold front.

"Any precipitation ahead of the cold front Friday morning will continue to be in the form of rain," the weather service said. "Colder air rushing in behind the front, will bring some lake response east and northeast of the lakes, with some minor accumulations possible."

Breezy conditions are forecast to persist with southwesterly gusts approaching 50 mph.

"It will turn quite windy behind the cold front, with gusts up to 40 mph in the typical windy lake plain locations northeast of lakes Erie and Ontario," the weather service said.

Forecasters said areas of blowing snow are possible early Friday afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to dip from about 40 degrees before dawn Friday down into the 20s by late afternoon.

"A few wrap around snow showers will continue Friday night," the weather service said. "Lake-effect snow will also continue."

Overnight lows Friday are forecast to dip into the low 20s. Gusty westerly winds will make it feel like it's close to 10 degrees, forecasts show.


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