Get ready to bundle up for the next few days.
After a lake-effect burst that left 6 inches of snow or more in many places on Sunday, Buffalo and Western New York are in for a frigid week.
An arctic front dropped temperatures from near freezing Sunday afternoon into the teens overnight. And that’s where they’re going to stay all day Monday and Tuesday.
Making it seem even colder will be the wind, gusting to 35 mph, causing whiteouts with blowing and drifting snow. Wind chills are expected to range from the single digits to five below zero. Monday night will be a Code Blue night.
The National Weather Service Office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga reported an official snowfall of 5.7 inches Sunday evening. Other locations in and around Buffalo reported 5 to 6 inches.
The lake-effect snow shifted to the traditional Snow Belt areas in southern Erie County and northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties Sunday evening. A lake-effect snow warning was posted for those areas through 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The snow squalls, which dropped 1 to 3 inches per hour in the Buffalo metro area in the early afternoon, slowed travel, but major mishaps were minimal. The only one to snarl traffic was an accident about 3:30 p.m. at Exit 54 on the Thruway, which closed the left lanes for more than an hour.
Meanwhile, winter sports enthusiasts had a field day. The rink at Canalside in downtown Buffalo was crowded with skaters and skiers and snowboarders enjoyed excellent conditions on the slopes at Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley and Peek 'N Peak.
— Barbara O'Brien (@bobrienBN) January 17, 2016