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Monday will be coldest of winter so far; first single-digit overnight of 2015-16

The coldest temperatures so far this winter will hit Western New York on Monday.

The wind chill will be near zero throughout the day, with the thermometer reaching only the mid teens for a high temperature, said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

Tonight's lows are expected to dip into the single digits for the first time this 2015-16 winter season, Hitchcock said.

The forecast low in Buffalo overnight is just 8 degrees.

Early-morning temperatures across Western New York on Jan. 4, 2015. (National Weather Service)

Early-morning temperatures across Western New York on Jan. 4, 2016. (NWS)

It won't be as cold the rest of the week, with Tuesday's highs predicted to be in the 20s, high temperatures in the 30s on Wednesday and the 40s later in the week,  he said.

In terms of snowfall, most places in Western New York may see a dusting of snow on Monday. Some places north of Buffalo might see an inch or two of accumulation. A lake-effect snow advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. for Orleans County.

Just before 11 a.m. Monday, a north wind was dragging several finger-like lake-effect snow showers through Western New York.

The lake waters were still relatively warm for early January. Lake Ontario off Rochester measured 41 degrees Monday. Lake Erie at Buffalo was 40 degrees, according to weather service data.

Since 1986, Lake Erie's only been 40 degrees or above once on Jan. 4. That was in 2007 when the lake waters were 42 degrees.

National Weather Service radar image at 11 a.m., Jan. 4, 2016.

National Weather Service radar image at 11 a.m., Jan. 4, 2016.

 

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