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'Snowless in Buffalo' streak to end Friday

Buffalo's weather record book is being rewritten this December.

One of the "and counting" marks will finally be set down in snow on Friday.

The consecutive days without measurable snow to start a season looks to end with the passage of a cold front that's expected to bring a round of lake-effect snowfall behind it, according to weather service forecasts.

At least 0.3 inch of snow, and likely more, is expected to fall at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Friday afternoon. (National Weather Service)

At least 0.3 inch of snow, and likely more, is expected to fall at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Friday. (National Weather Service)

This year marks the longest-run in the city's recorded weather history without measurable snow to start the winter season. Only a trace of snow has been recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport so far. That's occurred seven times already: Oct. 17 and 18 as well as on Nov. 20, 21, 23, 24 and 28.

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A measurable snow is defined by the National Weather Service as at least one-tenth of an inch.

The previous record date for latest measurable snow was Dec. 3, 1899.

To put it in perspective, last year on Dec. 16, there was 29.9 inches of snow that had already been logged at BNIA. And, that wasn't including much higher amounts in other areas that had been socked by the double lake-effect snowstorm during November.

The most snow that's fallen in Buffalo by Dec. 16 was in 2000. That year, the tab was already a robust 65.4 inches.

Conversely, before this year, the least amount of snow by this date was 0.2 inches, recorded in both 1896 and 1998.

Another patch of sustained warm weather arrives next week, which will melt any snow that falls this weekend. Early forecasts show temperatures could reach 60 degrees in time for Christmas. Record highs for the date to keep an eye on are:

Christmas Eve, 59 degrees, set in 1964.

Christmas Day, 64 degrees, set in 1982.

Here are a few other December 2015 numbers for the Buffalo weather record books:

  • It is the warmest first-half of December in Buffalo's history: 44.1 degrees. That eclipsed 1998's previous mark.
Maximum 15-Day Mean Avg Temperature
Ending Date
1 44.1 2015-12-15
2 43.3 1998-12-15
3 42.7 2001-12-15
4 40.5 1953-12-15
5 40.0 2012-12-15
6 40.0 1982-12-15
7 39.2 1999-12-15
8 37.3 1948-12-15
9 37.2 1951-12-15
- 37.2 1946-12-15
Period of record: 1938-05-01 to 2015-12-15


  • The 71-degree reading on Monday marked only the third time in the city's history that the mercury climbed to at least 70 degrees and it was the latest in the calendar year to do so. The previous two dates were Dec. 3, 1982 (74 degrees) and Dec. 4, 1941 (71 degrees). RELATED: History, Buffalo - 71 degrees for Dec. 14.
  • That 71-degree day shattered the daily record temperature for Dec. 14, which was previously 64 degrees set in 1901.
  • There were seven consecutive days of at least 50 degrees in Buffalo - Dec. 9 to 15. That's only the second time in the city's history it has happened during December and the latest it's ever been recorded. The only other time there were seven straight days in the 50s was from Dec. 1 to 7, 1998.


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