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What to expect the next 36 hours: Typical snowy winter gives way to frigid arctic blast

The next few days will bring typical Western New York Weather for late January – freezing or below freezing temperatures in the 20s and low 30s, and intermittent snow. But it won't last.

As we enter the coldest weeks of year, temperatures will fall to 0 and subzero temperatures by mid week, with gusty winds that will linger through the end of the week, so get your down parka ready.

"The big thing is going to be very cold temperatures Wednesday through Friday, snow and wind," said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly.

Here's a look at what's to come in the next 36 hours of Western New York weather and beyond, based on National Weather Service forecasts.

Saturday night

The flash flood watch due to the Niagara River ice jam continues now through Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise from the teens to mid-20s by Sunday sunrise. Expect another inch or two to fall in the overnight hours after midnight.

Sunday

Early to mid-morning is likely to bring another inch or two of snow as a cold front moves in from the west, then it will be dry, mostly cloudy and windy, with lingering snow in snow country and higher elevation. Expect wind gusts of up to 35 mph. The high temperature of 25 degrees at sunrise is expected to fall throughout the day to 10 degrees by evening. There's a 60 percent chance of another inch of snow or less overnight Sunday heading into Monday.

Monday

Monday brings partly sunny skies in the morning, then more clouds move in, with a 30 percent chance of snow in the afternoon. Highs forecasted in the upper 20s and expected to remain stable through the evening.

Tuesday

Tuesday marks the beginning of the shift from above-freezing conditions to frigid temperatures. The morning is expected to bring a snow-rain mix with highs reaching the mid-30s. The chance of snow and rain is 80 percent. After around noon, however, temperatures will begun to plummet, reaching an overnight low of 0 to 5 degrees. High wind gusts of up to 35 mph are also expected Tuesday night, along with snow showers and blowing snow.

Wednesday-Thursday

Arctic air over Canada continues to press down on the region, bringing with it low single-digit temperatures and continued wind gusts of up to 35 mph that will make it feel much colder. Highs are not expected to exceed 5 degrees, with lows hovering around 0 degrees and overnight lows possibly reaching down to -5. Friday is expected to be only incrementally warmer.

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