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Winds coming first, then arctic front returns

Anyone who thought the single-digit temperatures of two weeks ago were a one-time thing should think again.

A windy day today will make way for very cold temperatures that will move into Western New York by Monday night, when temperatures again will drop to near zero, according to forecasters.

“It’s going to be cold for everyone,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga.

A wind advisory is in place for most of Western New York from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m. today, and areas downwind of Lake Erie could see southwest wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, said Thomas.

Today’s temperatures will remain in the upper 20s until early evening, but those temperatures won’t last.

An arctic front will move in from the north to the south tonight and temperatures will dip into the teens.

Another burst of snow will fall, but it isn’t expected to leave much accumulation, Thomas said.

Drivers should be aware that visibility will be reduced at times tonight, with the combination of snow and winds, and roads could become slick.

The arctic front is part of a weather system that will affect the Great Lakes region and the East Coast, from New England south to the southeastern states.

Monday morning, temperatures will be around 20 degrees, and aren’t forecast to improve on that throughout the day. Temperatures will fall to the mid- to low-teens in the afternoon. Scattered snow showers will leave minor accumulations of about an inch, or two inches in the hills south of Buffalo. The winds will be out of the northwest but much less than today’s gusts, with the forecast Monday pegging them at 10 to 20 miles per hour.

The most severe blast of cold air will arrive Monday night, when temperatures will drop into the low single digits. The forecast for the city of Buffalo is 3 degrees, and interior towns away from the lake could see temperatures below zero.


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