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Record snowfall possible this Presidents Day in Buffalo

With a winter storm on the way, Monday's snow accumulations could break a long-standing record for the holiday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With a winter storm on the way, Monday's potential snow accumulations could break a long standing weather record for Presidents Day in Buffalo. 

The record for most snowfall on a Presidents Day in Buffalo is 5.9 inches, set back on the holiday in 1914. Storm Team 2 is forecasting 4 to 8 inches of snow for Monday, which could break this century-old record for most snow to fall on President's Day, and since 1980, we have experienced 30 Presidents Days with at least a trace of snowfall. 

Typically, morning lows for the holiday are in the upper teens with afternoon high temperatures in the low-mid 30s. This year, because of snow and associated cloud cover, temperatures will only stay in the mid 20s. 

The warmest temperature recorded on Presidents Day was 66 degrees on February 22nd, 1930. The coldest Presidents Day on recording occurred only a few years ago, in 2015, when the temperature reached minus 10 degrees on February 16th. 

This incoming snow is associated with a winter storm that will bring much more snow overnight Monday into Tuesday. Winter Storm Warnings begin Monday evening ahead of a night that could bring 5 to 9 inches of snow, on top of the snow expected Monday morning. 

Weather records for national holiday are based on observations kept at the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo. Records for Presidents Day go back to 1871. 

Also note that the National Weather Service officially refers to Presidents Day as "Washington's Birthday." This is because of the "Monday Holiday Bill" established in 1967, which national holidays are now observed on the 3rd Monday in February.  George Washington's birthday is February 22nd.