The wind chill already was minus 16 at Buffalo Niagara International Airport early Thursday morning, and it’s only going to get worse.
“It will continue to get colder throughout the day,” said meteorologist Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. “We could see wind chills of 25 to 30 below in the city tonight.”
A wind chill warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday.
The air temperature was zero outside the weather services offices at 6 a.m. Thursday, and Wood said it won’t get beyond 5 degrees during the course of the day. Winds from the west-northwest were at about 10 mph, and expected wind chills prompted the few school districts with classes scheduled this week – West Seneca had intended to hold classes Thursday and Friday, to compensate for excessive snow days – to close again.
Nighttime lows of 5 to 10 degrees below zero are forecast for the metro area, and could tie or break the record of minus 10 in Buffalo on Feb. 20, 1934. Winds will be between 15 and 25 mph.
A high temperature of 5 degrees also is forecast for Friday. “The wind won’t be quite as bad tomorrow,” Wood said; wind chills of minus 10 to 15 are expected.