Seasons Do Battle On Saturday; Cooler Again Next Week

JAMESTOWN – Temperatures are on the uphill climb for the remainder of the week. 
Most areas on Friday will perk into the mid to upper 60s, with the exception of the immediate Lake Erie shoreline, where temps will be in the 50s.
The best chance for rain tomorrow will be in the morning, with partly sunny skies for the afternoon.
Now, comes Saturday: As we’ve been talking about, a warm front will push into Western New York, and stall out over the region on Saturday.
After looking at all the newest data, I’m confident that the front will lumber well to the south, which will equate out to huge temperatures differences. We’re likely looking at a 30+ degree temperature range from north to south.
With the front stalled over the Southern Tier, that will keep temperatures into the 60s near the state line, as that warmer southernly wind continues.
However, with the front acting and a barrier to protect areas south, colder Canadian air will be allowed to sag further south, and hold temperatures down into the 20s and 30s for the Niagara Frontier.
There will likely be some icing problems on the Niagara Frontier as well, with the potential for freezing rain.
It’s a bit debatable how much ice could accumulate, but indications are that it could be significant; over a quarter of an inch, which would be enough to weigh down trees and power lines.
Here’s just one idea coming off one of the computer models we have in the weather center:

If you have any travel plans to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, or anywhere in between on Saturday, just be aware that roads could be slick from accumulating ice.
Temperatures will remain in the 50s and 60s for Sunday, before a deep tough pushes in early next week.
The trough brings temps back down into the 30s and 40s, and it’s looking like that pattern will remain for much of next week.