BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steady rain will continue to fall in the Southern Tier for the rest of Thursday evening. Buffalo and areas north have been right on the fringe of that rain and anyone with plans in the metro should be prepared for on and off rain Thursday evening and overnight as well.
Colder air will start moving Thursday night. It may be cold enough for a brief period of wet snow in the higher elevations of the Southern Tier before sunrise on Friday. A quick 1"-2" of wet snow may fall in the higher elevations of Cattaraugus and Allegany counties before sunrise Friday. Most of the moisture from this storm will quickly move east Friday morning, limiting the potential for lingering rain or snow showers. Still, Friday will be cold, with highs in the upper 30s.
Expect lots of sunshine Saturday with highs in the 40s. Sunday will get windy with afternoon rain. Temperatures will warm into the 50s during the first half of Sunday with a sharp drop in temperatures beginning in the afternoon. It will get cold enough for snow showers to develop Sunday night.
Monday looks flat-out wintry with a cold wind and scattered snow showers. Rain may mix in near the immediate lake shore areas. This appears to be a much better chance for the first snow for many as compared to this Friday. Accumulation may be possible if showers are persistent.