BUFFALO, N.Y. — A flash freeze occurred Wednesday night as temperatures fell into the single digits and then struggled to rise Thursday. Sidewalks are driveways are likely very icy and could continue to be with temperatures staying below freezing through the weekend.
A few snow showers are possible tonight as cold air helps produce a few flakes as it crosses our open lakes. Temperatures will stay in the low teens and fall into the single digits again tonight. However, if the sky clears enough overnight lows could fall below zero by Friday morning, and that would be the first time temperatures reached that mark in nearly three years.
Temperatures Friday will be bitter cold again with afternoon high temperatures only in the teens. Wind chills will make it feel even worse at times, and a couple lake flurries are possible too. Saturday morning will be a near repeat of Friday's but temperatures will be on the rise later in the day as the next weather system moves in.
Saturday will start off mostly sunny, and as a southwest breeze moves in, temperatures will rise into the low-mid 20s. Clouds will build too and a few snow showers will develop late Saturday night. These are associated with a cold front that will slowly move through sunrise the second half of the weekend, keeping a few snow showers in the forecast for Sunday too. Western New York could pick up minor accumulations from these, around 1 to 3 inches for this system.
Cold temperatures will last into next week with our next chance of widespread and accumulating snow possible Monday night and Tuesday. And as it stands, this January could rank as one of the top 10 snowiest on record for Buffalo with 44.6 inches of snow for the month, 55.3 inches for the season.