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Memorial Day weekend: It's not all cold and rainy

But the long, holiday weekend will begin with a dreary and rainy day Friday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — To get to a sunny and mild Memorial Day, Western New Yorkers will have to contend with a cold, rainy and (inevitably) dreary Friday forecast. 

While isolated showers are possible Friday morning, widespread, heavy rainfall will move in Friday afternoon and continue for the rest of the day. Western New York will receive around an inch of rainfall on average from this system. And both the rain and inherent cloud cover will keep the day cool with temperatures only in the low-mid 40s. 

A Beach Hazard Statement was also issued Friday and is in effect for the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario through Saturday. Strong currents just off the shoreline could pose a danger for swimmers, though with this weather, we wouldn't recommend going in the water anyway.

A few of those showers will linger Saturday as well, but by the afternoon this slow moving and rainy weather system will begin to move out of the region. That will mark the start of improvement for the rest of the long weekend. By Sunday we can expect more sunshine and afternoon high temperatures in the upper 60s. 

As for Memorial Day, mostly sunny with morning lows in the upper 40s and afternoon high temperatures in the low 70s. That being said, Monday looks to be the best day to get out on the water if you haven't yet this season. 

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