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Super Bowl Sunday forecast calls for snow

Bundle up and keep an eye outdoors if you're headed out Sunday night to watch the New England Patriots tangle with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

There's a chance football fans could be leaving Super Bowl parties into a frigid, windy and snowy night around Western New York.

Forecasters are still trying to pin down the exact track of a storm system that is expected to dump a foot of snow or more in areas south of the region, but a northward swing could bring snowfall warnings closer to Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm watch is already posted for areas stretching from southern Iowa through western Pennsylvania with forecasters closer to Buffalo waiting for a sign as to whether the storm will remain mostly south of Western New York or more significantly impact the area.

"Snow is likely across the Buffalo area -- Buffalo, Batavia, Rochester -- Sunday night," said Dan Kelly, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. "The western Southern Tier has a better chance for snow."

The weather service reported that some models are suggesting "steadier synoptic snows" throughout much of Western New York late Sunday into early Monday.

Up to six inches of snow is possible in the Southern Tier and 2 to 4 inches across much of the Niagara Frontier, at this point, according to forecasters.

"That's just preliminary based on the current track of the storm system," Kelly said. "Things can, and do, change."

A winter storm watch is posted from Iowa to Pennsylvania by the National Weather Service.

A winter storm watch is posted from Iowa to Pennsylvania by the National Weather Service.

Behind the storm system, regardless of its track, "a cold northerly flow will develop in its wake, which will pull more arctic air back into the region," the weather service said.

"This will probably lead to yet another round of limited lake effect snow showers south of Lake Ontario Monday afternoon and night...along with more bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills."

Between Saturday and at least Tuesday, wind chill values could run below zero, according to forecasts. A wind chill advisory was in place through 9 a.m. Saturday for southern Erie, Wyoming and the Southern Tier counties. The weather service said wind chill values could approach -20 degrees at times.

It part of a pattern of continuing pattern of cold weather across the region that will continue from January into February.

After highs in the low 20s on Saturday, the thermometer isn't likely to escape the teens Sunday. And, Monday's forecast high is only 10 degrees.

January, which officially ends Saturday, was running more than 4 degrees colder than normal as of late Friday. Twenty of the first 30 days were colder than average, according to National Weather Service statistics.

 

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