BUFFALO, N.Y. — A steady northwest wind flow has returned to the Northeast and that means the gates are open for colder air to pour in for the end of the week.
Temperatures will drop into the teens Wednesday night, which is around normal for the last week of January. But highs Thursday, Friday and for many Saturday will also be stuck in the teens. This certainly isn't record-breaking cold for us, but we've yet to experience chill of this magnitude this winter.
Wind will be a factor, not for its strength, but for its persistence. Northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph Thursday morning through Friday night will keep wind chills near or below zero. The next several mornings may have wind chills up to 15 degrees below zero inland from Lake Erie.
Thursday and Friday will have some scattered flurries, but accumulation isn't expected.
This weekend's forecast may be trending a bit colder than originally thought as well. Highs will be in the teens and low twenties on Saturday and then the twenties on Sunday. With this colder shift in the pattern, our snow chances on Sunday have gone down a bit. If there is a period of snow Sunday, it would likely be in southern parts of Western New York and likely not until late in the day.
Snow showers should be here on Monday. Highs temperatures will be in the mid to upper twenties then. Some minor snow accumulation is possible anywhere in Western new York for the start of the week.