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Break in the snow today, Tuesday; January-like chill on deck

The calendar clearly reads April.

It'll feel a lot more like January tonight and Tuesday.

And, the first-half of April is promising to run cooler than average.

Wind chills in the single digits and teens are forecast tonight and Tuesday as northerly winds buffet the Buffalo Niagara region behind a passing Canadian Clipper system that laid down several inches of snow across the area into this morning.

Temperatures will run about 20 degrees colder than average today and Tuesday. Forecast highs both days are expected to be 31 degrees. Overnight tonight, the mercury will drop into the teens and is expected to only get to about 20 degrees Tuesday night.

The average high for this time of year is 50 degrees.

The cold snap is part of a switch in the overall weather pattern from one that brought the 10th warmest March to the Buffalo Niagara region, including a 70-degree Easter Sunday. It's expected to last through at least the middle of the month, and possibly longer, according to forecasters at AccuWeather and the Climate Prediction Center for the National Weather Service.

(AccuWeather)

(AccuWeather)

Below-average temperatures are expected to dominate the Midwest and Great Lakes regions over the next 8-10 days. (NOAA)

Below-average temperatures are expected to dominate the Midwest and Great Lakes regions over the next 8-10 days. (NWS CPC)

The snowfall overnight brought a widespread accumulation of about 2 to 6 inches across Western New York, according to National Weather Service reports.

At the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, there was 2.8 inches that fell as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the monthly snowfall total for the first four days in April to more than four inches.

By comparison, less than two inches of snow fell in Buffalo during the entire months of November (trace), December (1.0 inch) and March (0.9 inches) combined.

And, it's already the snowiest April in Buffalo since 2005. That year, 9.3 inches fell the entire month.

Here are some of the snowfall totals, as reported by the weather service, in Erie and Niagara counties this morning:

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What's more, after a brief "warmup" into the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday with rain showers forecast, the temperature drops below freezing again overnight Thursday and the precipitation turns back to snow, forecasts show.

Friday and the weekend also looks cold, with snow, at times, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will continue running far below normal.

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The wintry weather overnight Sunday brought slick, slushy roads to the area for this morning's commute.

A recycling truck driver was injured when he slipped out of his moving truck and became pinned against a parked car about 9:45 a.m. on Weaver Street in Kaisertown.

The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Several weather-related crashes also dotted area highways and roadways on Monday morning.

At about 5:30 a.m., a crash on the westbound Youngmann Highway at the Main Street exit closed the left lane. It wasn't known how much road conditions played a factor. Amherst police reported slick roads as of 6:30 a.m. A vehicle crashed into a utility pole on East Robinson Street in North Tonawanda around 6:30 a.m., closing East Robinson between Sweeney Street and Jefferson Avenue.

 

News Staff Reporter Aaron Besecker contributed to this report.

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