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Hey, Jesse Williams: Buffalo is (usually) pleasant in November

"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams was announced Tuesday as the Undergraduate Student Choice for the 2017-18 University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, but he had a pressing question on Twitter.

While Williams' query - perhaps a slight dig at Buffalo stereotypes - drew expected responses such as "Is it not always cold in Buffalo?" and "You'd better bring your thermal underwear," proponents of the Queen City also chimed in, both in regard to the city's moderate fall weather, friendly neighbors and places Williams should visit.

The Chicago, Ill., native might be surprised by Buffalo's fall weather, which closely mirrors that of his hometown.

The National Weather Service's data shows Nov. 18, the date of Williams' scheduled visit, is usually mild in Buffalo, with an average high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 33. Even more favorable was last Nov. 18, which boasted a high of 72 and a low of 41.

The average snowfall is .3 inches that day, which doesn't even warrant boots. Perhaps the antics of "Snowvember" spooked Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on "Grey's" while also championing civil rights through a documentary, art and podcasts.

So, provided your visit doesn't coincide with a major weather event like 2014, you shouldn't have to prepare for the frozen tundra, Mr. Williams.

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Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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