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The springlike feeling? It isn't going to last

Come Friday, a strong cold front is expected to roar into Western New York, with a chance of thunderstorms and dangerously strong winds, the National Weather Service said.

A high wind watch has been posted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday for Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua and northern Erie counties. Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, might be blustery enough to topple trees and cause widespread power outages, forecasters warned.

“It’s going to cool off for the weekend,” weather service meteorologist Kirk Apffel said Wednesday. “It looks like there might be some real light rain or snow showers Friday night, then it’ll dry out real quick. Saturday will be a chilly day, only with a high around freezing, and it will be down in the lower 20s Saturday night.”

Forecasts said Thursday will be pleasant – with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50s.

The thermometer may hit 60 early Friday.

“It’s a fairly typical March pattern,” Apffel said, “where you get spring weather followed by winter weather.”

Spring is scheduled to begin its return early next week, according to the forecast. High temperatures should climb from the low 40s Monday to nearly 50 by next Wednesday.

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