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April cold snap continues this weekend, next week; records in jeopardy

For eight months in a row it's been warmer than average in Buffalo.

Barring a July-like warmup later this month, that streak will be frozen right here in April.

The temperature is running more than eight degrees below normal for the first week of this month thanks to a continued weather pattern that's squeezing cold Arctic air southward across the Great Lakes.

It will continue through the weekend. Below-average temperatures are also expected through the middle of next week, forecasts show.

Although there's not much snowfall expected, but it'll be cold enough.

Temperatures will drop back below freezing just after midnight Friday. About a half-inch of snow is expected overnight in Buffalo, with higher amounts (a couple of inches) expected southeast of Lake Erie where some lake-enhanced or lake-effect snow is likely.

Friday's high will be in the upper 30s and drop into the 20s with northwesterly winds by evening.

The National Weather Service reported that the latest frigid airmass "will have the potential to break record cold temperatures" Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo, Rochester and Watertown.

In Buffalo, the record low for Saturday is 17 degrees, set in 1972. The coldest high for the date was set in 1974 when it was 29 degrees.

Saturday's high is forecast to be about 30 degrees with a low expected in the low 20s. With a northerly wind, it'll feel like it's in the teens.

The temperature Sunday is expected to get into the mid 30s in Buffalo.

The record low and coldest high in Buffalo for Sunday's date were both set in 1909, at 19 and 26 degrees respectively.

Monday's weather should rebound close to normal with a high of 53 degrees, but Tuesday and Wednesday will only get into the mid-40s, according to forecasts.

The average daily high for this time of year is the low 50s.

 

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Some lake-effect snow is possible in some areas of the region overnight and into Friday, according to the weather service.

Most areas will only pick up minor accumulations, but some areas of Chautauqua County could see up to six inches of snow, forecasters reported.

(National Weather Service)

(National Weather Service)

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