First Alert Forecast: The winter season takes a vacation

Rochester, NY - A significant change in the overall weather pattern will come to western New York in the coming days. Tomorrow, for the first time in more than four days, the temperature will rise above freezing. This marks the beginning of a prolonged period of unusually warm weather that will continue for at least the first week of January.

Tonight look for some lingering Lake Erie flashes mainly west of Rochester. The temperature will drop into the low 20s and then the temperature will start to rise later tonight. Wednesday will bring more clouds, but the sky may start to dazzle during the afternoon. The high temperature will be close to 40 degrees. Thursday the warming trend will continue with the mercury rising to the high 40s. Expect at least a few breaks from the sun in the morning. Friday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered rain in the late afternoon. When the snow melts, there may be some patchy haze. The temperature will rise from the low to mid 50s.

The mild weather will continue until New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Again, the temperature on both days will be close to 50 degrees. However, the possibility of rain will increase on New Year’s Day.

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