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Western New York will get a mild respite this weekend before getting a fresh blast of bitter cold early next week.

Temperatures just below freezing began to inch up Friday evening and are expected to make their way toward 40 degrees today. Further good news: Rain is unlikely.

Today is expected to start out at 33 degrees before warming up to a mild 38 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

“It looks like we’ll see some calmer weather,” said Shawn Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-30s overnight and reach the upper 30s by Sunday morning, possibly breaking 40 degrees.

Some scattered showers may enter the region Sunday, turning into snow showers by Sunday evening as a coastal storm system from the Gulf of Mexico shifts eastward.

But the warm-up will be short-lived as much colder temperatures make their way to Western New York Sunday night into Monday morning.

“There should be a fairly sharp drop in temperatures,” Smith said. “Temperatures next week will be much colder, probably below normal.”

The mercury is expected to drop into the teens late Sunday evening and stay there much of the week.

Monday’s high is expected to reach only 19 degrees with a low of 14 degrees.

Tuesday’s low is expected to be just 10 degrees, with the day peaking at 18.

Snow showers are expected to accompany the bone-chilling cold throughout the week, with an inch or two expected to accumulate by Wednesday.

Friday saw a high of 33 degrees and a low of 30.

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