The big freeze hit Western New York early this morninig, a tad earlier than normal for part of the region. Temperatures in Depew and Lancaster fell to 27.7 degrees, with Amherst just one degree higher at around 3:30. Buffalo's temperature was slightly higher at around 32 degrees. In Niagara County, temperatures in Wilson, Lewiston and Niagara Falls dropped to around 31.6 degrees. In the Southern Tier, temperatures fell to the mid-20s, with Jamestown recording a chilly 26.2 degrees and Salamanca and Olean also seeing temperatures hover at around that figure. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning from 8 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. today for all of Western New York. Temperatures were expected to dip into the mid to upper 20s well inland and to around 30 closer to Lakes Erie and Ontario. The culprit this time is a high-pressure system, with clear skies and light winds creating conditions that will drop the temperatures below freezing throughout the area. “This is quite normal for the growing season to end in the inland areas,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel said. “But it's a little bit on the early side for areas close to the lakes.” The average first freeze for Buffalo is Oct. 19. The weather forecast for the rest of the weekend remains mixed for Buffalo, with a 30 percent chance of rain today and Sunday, and a much greater chance tonight. Highs are expected to climb to the mid-50s today and around 70 degrees Sunday. email: