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Polar-sourced air to bring frosty, mid-winter conditions next week

Everyone's going to feel pre-winter's wrath next week.

The coldest air of the season is expected to grip the Buffalo Niagara region starting about Wednesday. And, it's expected to last until at least the end of the week.

Daytime high temperatures might not escape the teens to mid-20s next Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service's morning forecast discussion.

Overnight lows will be even colder.

Wednesday night's low is already forecast at 10 degrees, the weather service in Buffalo shows.

The last temperature reading in the teens in Buffalo came April 5. It was 17 degrees.

Excerpt from the National Weather Service's "Hazardous Weather Outlook." (National Weather Service, Buffalo)

Forecasters are highly confident that wintry weather will persist in the Buffalo Niagara region through next week. (National Weather Service, Hazardous Weather Outlook)

Between now and then, expect snow showers over the weekend - including in Buffalo - and early next week, with daytime temperatures reaching the low 30s.

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Buffalo stays snow-free until Saturday

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Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers looks cold, and snowy.

Snow is likely in Orchard Park around the 1 p.m. kickoff with a temperature of 31 degrees. With a south wind of 11 mph forecast, it'll feel like 22 degrees, forecasts show.

But, the real cold will still be a few days away.

The coldest air of the season is forecast to chill the Buffalo Niagara region by mid next week, according to weather forecast models. (TropicalTidbits.com)

The coldest air of the season is forecast to chill the Buffalo Niagara region by mid next week, according to weather forecast models. (TropicalTidbits.com)

The weather service reports that weather models remain at odds as to the strength and location of an approaching storm system, but suggest a "cold, arctic-sourced airmass" will start to "dive south towards the Great Lakes region."

If atmospheric conditions ripen enough, another round of intense lake-effect snow is likely.

The exact locations for that are yet to be determined.

The bitter cold looks like a safe bet.

"Aside from the potential for more lake snows, we are looking at a very cold period for much of next week," forecasters said.

Snowfall totals from this week's mostly Southern Tier storm are still being tabulated.

As of this morning, spotters in Perrysburg reported 19.1 inches of snow.

There was 15.5 inches reported in East Concord, a foot in Gowanda and Forestville, and 10 inches in Collins.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport only recorded 0.3 of an inch.

 

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