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After weekend ‘warmup,’ get ready for another arctic blast

We awoke to single-digit temperatures again, with windchills below zero.

The temperature was hovering around 9 degrees at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport shortly before 8 a.m.

“It’s going to feel like it’s minus 9 because we have a little bit of wind out there,” said meteorologist Aaron Reynolds, who noted sustained southwest winds of 15 mph have been gusting to 20 to 25 mph.

And it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Or, as Reynolds said: “We are going to get colder before we start to warm.”

While a wind chill advisory expires at noon today, it’ll be succeeded by a winter weather advisory that adds snow to the forecast. That advisory runs from 2 p.m. today through 7 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a very light amount,” Reynolds said of the projected snowfall. A couple of inches tonight; no more than six inches in the higher elevations south of Buffalo.

But the wind is going to pick up Saturday. A lot. Gusts will reach 40 miles per hour tonight and Saturday.

Today’s forecast high in the metro area is 16, with nighttime temperatures dipping back to 11 or so.

A high temperature of 25 is possible Saturday, before another cold front - followed by another arctic blast, sweeps through the area. That’ll settle in early next week.

Temperatures should “warm” to the mid-20s by next Thursday.

But that’s still not normal. Temperatures will have to reach the upper 20s to say that.