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Spring-Like Weather Will Give Way to a Return of Winter

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo set a new temperature record for a January 13th Thursday. A reading of 68 degrees broke the old record of 65 that was set back in 1890.

Only four other times since record keeping began has the temperature in the month of January been warmer than Thursday. The all time January high was 72 degrees set in 1950.

A record high was also recorded yesterday. A reading of 61 degrees shortly before midnight broke the old record of 58 set on January 12th, 1932. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Paone says winter will make a quick return.

"A very sharp cold front will be moving into the area. Rain will change into snow with some accumulation. Temperatures will be falling back into the 20s, which of course, is normal for this time of the year," Paone said. "But it will feel like a dramatic change."

There is a flood watch posted for all of Western New York through 6:00 Friday morning. Heavy rains could cause water levels in area rivers and creeks to rise to flood stage or above.

The National Weather Service has also posted a wind advisory for much of Western New York through 6:00 Thursday evening for wind gusts of 45 miles per hour or more.