BUFFALO, N.Y. — Scattered, weak lake effect snow showers will continue to flow over the Southern Tier from Friday evening through Saturday morning. Roads may be slick in some spots, but additional accumulation will be limited to an inch or two for most.
Winds have been lighter compared to Thursday, but a steady northwest wind flow will push temperatures down into the teens Friday night and then keep them in the upper teens and low twenties all day Saturday. The forecast high for Buffalo is 23 degrees Saturday afternoon. If that holds, Saturday will be the coldest day yet this winter. That's pretty remarkable since the average coldest day for the winter season is 10 degrees (since 1981). Still, there's plenty of winter to go.
The snow will take a break after the showers fizzle out Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, Sunday and even Monday will stay dry with scattered breaks in the clouds. Temperatures will steadily climb back to 30 degrees by late Monday.
The next storm system should come through late Monday night into Tuesday. This time, the center of the storm will be well to our south, meaning any precipitation should fall as a widespread snow. This system still has the potential to completely miss to our south though. If the colder air coming in this weekend is bolder and more stubborn, that is what would happen.
Still, anticipate the chance for some steady snow into midday Tuesday and the travel slow-downs that come along with that. The rest of next week looks quiet with a mix of clouds and some limited sun. Highs will be close to average, or around 30 degrees. Lows will dip to near 20 degrees by the water and low to mid teens inland.