BUFFALO, N.Y. — This week could be the coldest week of winter yet. Temperatures will likely stay below freezing all weekend long, but it will not be terribly snowy.
Temperatures Tuesday will stay in the low 20s at best, so at least it's been a predominantly sunny day!
Wednesday and the first half of Thursday are not of big concern with some sunshine returning to Western New York. Daytime high temperatures will be in the mid 20s before warming up a bit more for Thursday, into the low 30s. Some lake effect snow showers are possible for areas south of Buffalo Wednesday morning, though accumulations look minimal.
By Thursday, an arctic front will approach the Northeast and first bring with it snow showers late Thursday overnight into Friday. Out ahead of the front sunshine is a real possibility.
The bigger concern with this front though is the bitter to extreme cold it will bring with it. There will be a sharp cooldown as temperatures drop by 15 to 20°, at a minimum.
Friday will feature some of the coldest air since Christmas, so prepare for daytime highs struggling to rise out of the single digits. Overnight lows will plummet down to around -2 to -6 degrees. Wind chill values will drop to near -20 degrees. If this outlook holds, cold weather alerts will likely be issued for Friday and Saturday.
Thankfully though, this bitter cold blast will not last long. Saturday should be a partly cloudy day, though frigid to start, with temperatures rising into the teens. Sunday a new weather system will move in from the west and boost temperatures into the low-mid 30s, but also bring the chance for showers.