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April snow showers arrive, record low in teens forecast

A year’s worth of seasons in 24 to 48 hours.

After a gorgeous weekend in the 70s, snow began falling around 8:30 a.m. this morning.

The snow was forecast to continue through mid-afternoon through the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

But don’t expect much accumulation.

Buffalo may see an inch, with possibly two inches in the higher elevations of the Southern Tier.

Though temperatures this morning and early afternoon should be in the low 30s, we have a chance for a new low record overnight into early Wednesday morning.

The record for April 16 is 20 degrees, last set in 1928.

Temperatures early tomorrow morning are expected to range from 15 to 20 degrees.

There is a chance of slushy road conditions today but the sun is expected to keep surfaces warm.

“Even though there is cloud cover, the sun can penetrate and warm the road surfaces,” said Jim Mitchell, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The current temperature of the road surface is in the mid 30s and just below the surface the temperature is 56 degrees, Mitchell said, explaining that those factors will also prevent the snow from sticking.

The cold weather coming our way is in contrast to the gorgeous weekend and unseasonably warm Monday, when we hit 76 degrees at 11:24 a.m.

Then, with a brisk breeze ahead of an approaching cold front, the mercury started plummeting, dropping to 54 degrees by 2:50 p.m.

Afternoon drizzle turned into rain and heavy fog, driven by warmer, moist air passing across a colder, partially ice-covered Lake Erie.

So we will experience nearly a 60 degree swing in temperature in just two days.

“It’s very common for April,” said Aaron Reynolds, National Weather Service meteorologist.

The storm system, which the weather service reported was tracking from about Michigan to Western Quebec, was expected to generate about an inch of rain overnight into today. Behind the cold front, colder air was forecast to pour into the region, changing to rain to snow with wet snow accumulating about an inch or so across higher terrain south of the Thruway, the weather service bulletin stated.

The inclement overnight weather obscured any chance of Buffalo Niagara’s astronomy fans from getting a peek of the anticipated “red blood moon” lunar eclipse that was expected to be widely visible across the Western Hemisphere early this morning. It was the first of a rare lunar “tetrad” of four consecutive full “red blood” lunar eclipses scientists project will occur through September 2015.

The forecast calls all snow after noon with highs near 33 degrees and west winds gusting as high as 23 mph.

Gradual clearing was expected tonight with a chance of snow showers in the early evening.

Temperatures were expected to bottom out near 18 degrees before rebounding to near 37 degrees under sunny skies Wednesday.

“By Thursday, we should start seeing more normal temperatures,” said Reynolds.

The day is expected to be sunny with highs in the low 50s Thursday and Friday.

Despite the cool down today and Wednesday, April thus far is bucking a months-long trend of dramatically colder weather.

Every month since November has experienced below-average temperatures. Heading into Monday, the average temperature for the month of April – 44 degrees – was actually 1.6 degrees above the 30-year average.

To go along with that, as of late Monday, only two-tenths of an inch of snow was reported this month at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Though it’s enough to put the seasonal total to 128.9 inches of snow, the paltry measurement is 1.8 inches below the monthly average for April snow, making it, thus far, the first month since October with below-average snowfall.

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