BUFFALO, N.Y. — The first strong spring cold front of the season is getting ready to cross WNY Thursday night. This front will bring a big swing in temperatures as well as a chance of our first thunderstorms of the season and some gusty winds.
Thursday, a strong southwest flow ahead of that cold front will push temperatures into the low 60s. Most of the day will be dry and we could actually break into some sunshine in the afternoon. If we do get a little sun, temperatures could rise into the upper 60s. The breeze Thursday will be noticeable but not too strong; southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
As the actual cold front moves through Thursday night. Expect a line of gusty thunderstorms with the front between 9 and 11 p.m. Wind gusts may exceed 45 mph as the storms move through. Rainfall totals will range from a quarter to a half inch.
Following the front temperatures will drop throughout the day on Friday. Temperatures will start in the low 50s but then reach the upper 30s by dinner time. Friday will be the windiest of the next few days with wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph. A few rain showers are possible as well, but once again most of the day should be dry.
Colder air will continue to pour into the region on Saturday which will allow for some snow showers. Some minor accumulation is possible if showers are persistent, but with the high sun angle anything that sticks won't be here too long.
Conditions will quiet down just in time for the St. Patrick's Day parades on Sunday, but don't expect any spring-like air. Temperatures should hover in the low 30s.