One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts.
Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service.
After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a passing cold front tonight), a trough of initial cold air will bring cooler temperatures — in the 50s — with rain later Wednesday.
That trough will "re-load" Friday, bringing scattered showers to the area for the upcoming weekend before the "third shot" of cold air comes early next week, forecasters said.
AccuWeather calls for rain and snow showers for Buffalo next Monday. High temperatures won't make it out of the 40s with overnight lows in the 30s.
Computer models suggest it will be the first Arctic blast of the season, which will dramatically cool down most of the nation east of the Rocky Mountains.
— Tom Niziol (@TomNiziol) October 22, 2017
ECMWF 12z bringing a heavy-duty Arctic blast for the weekend. pic.twitter.com/ZiJabqNt8n
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) October 23, 2017
There's no immediate suggestion the forecast snows will bring anything more than just flakes to region.
On average, the weather service reports:
- the first snowflake in Buffalo is recorded on Oct. 24.
- the first measurable snow — one-tenth of an inch or more — falls on Nov. 8.
- the first inch is recorded Nov. 18.