It will be warmer than normal for the first half of the weekend, although it probably won’t feel like it.
While the forecast calls for high temperatures Friday and Saturday in the 30s, southwest winds will keep a chill in the air. The high typically is 31 this time of year.
“Today is going to be rather breezy to windy,” meteorologist Bill Hibbert of the National Weather Service in Buffalo said Friday morning. “Saturday, not so much.”
Breezy, according to Hibbert, is winds up to 15 miles per hour. Windy, he noted, are those approaching 18 mph, which will occur closer to Lake Erie and in downtown Buffalo.
And Friday, those winds will make temperatures in the low 30s feel like the lower 20s, Hibbert said. Overnight low temperatures will be in the mid 20s.
“It should be a better day to be out on Saturday,” Hibbert said. “Unfortunately though, that snow that’s coming through later in the day Saturday is along the edge of a cold front.”
The snowfall isn’t expected to amount to more than a coating. “It will freshen things up, make it look prettier,” Hibbert said.
But after temperatures drop to near 20 degrees Saturday night, they won’t rebound much Sunday, Hibbert said. Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 20s, with nighttime lows dropping into the teens and single digits.
Another cold snap expected next week will bring overnight lows of zero and colder, with highs only in the teens, Hibbert said.