BUFFALO, NY-- There are signs in the long-range of a big weather pattern change as we end the month of October.

Since the end of summer, and most of the fall, Western New York has been locked in a fairly warm weather pattern with temperatures most days averaging well-above normal.

Beginning next week, the jet stream appears to want to take a plunge over the eastern half of the country which will deposit some cold air over the Great Lakes region.

It is quite possible that the air will be cold enough to support some snow showers in our higher elevations, and possibly even lower. On average, the first snowflakes of the season in Buffalo come around October 24th. Next week would be right on schedule.

There is still some time for this to change, but it look like we take another step towards winter as we near Halloween.