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Calm, cold Thursday; forecasters 'keep a close eye' on possible snowstorm to start March

How much of a roar March will come in with should be known as the weekend draws nearer.

Its first day Friday should be rather tame with sunshine and highs in the mid-30s. That timid lion won't last long.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service were eyeing the potential for more wintry weather this weekend into next week.

Mixed precipitation is in the forecast Saturday as a storm system affects the Buffalo Niagara region. Behind it, will be another influx of colder air.

Then, the next winter storm is expected to reach the Northeast starting Sunday, the weather service said.

Forecasters are watching models closely to determine which way the Colorado low takes on its way across the nation's mid-section and toward the East Coast by later Sunday.

A more northwesterly track would mean more snow for the Buffalo Niagara region. If it tracks more southeasterly, only light snow could be anticipated here, forecasters said.

"We'll have to keep a close eye on this system in the coming days," the weather service said.

The weather service added: "Regardless of what happens with the coastal system, much colder air following in its wake will then lead to at least some potential for lake snows east and southeast of the lakes Monday through Wednesday."

That colder air is expected to deepen between Monday and the middle of next week, the weather service said.

High temperatures are only expected near 20 degrees Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with overnight lows in the single digits.

"Such readings would easily be well below normal for our climatological nadir in late January, let alone early March," the weather service said.

On average, Buffalo's high temperature is in the upper 30s with lows in the low 20s during the first week of March.

In the meantime, the weather service forecasts a mostly cloudy Thursday with highs in the mid-20s. Overnight lows tonight are forecast to dip into the middle teens, forecasts show.

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