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Frigid Friday commute as wind chills dip well below zero

Frigid temperatures with wind chills dropping below zero made for the year's coldest weather on Friday morning.

The cold, combined with overnight snowfall, made for a tough commute for those heading to Buffalo from the south.

The National Weather Service said Friday morning temperatures at Buffalo Niagara International airport dropped into the single digits for the first time this winter season.

This first occurrence of single-digit temperatures is the latest ever for airport records, which began in July of 1943) and second-latest in Buffalo's 150 years of observation history. The latest was 1923, when single digits were not reached until March 9.

At 6:10 a.m. Friday, it was 5 degrees at the Buffalo Niagara airport, with the wind chill minus-9. Overnight wind chills were as low as minus-11 in Buffalo and minus-12 at the Niagara Falls International Airport.

The bitter cold temperatures made for a tough commute from the southtowns, which saw several inches of snowfall overnight.

The Erie County Department of Public Works reported that 4 to 6 inches fell in Hamburg overnight and notified drivers to use caution as the cold temperatures will reduce salt effectiveness.

There is a chance of more snow showers before 1 p.m. Friday, and a slight chance of showers after 2 p.m. Forecasts called for less than 1 inch of snow to fall Friday throughout Western New York.

While it will be cold, with a high near 15 degrees, there should be some sunny parts to the day, according to the weather service.

Chilly weather continues Friday night, with a low around 9.

But the temperature rebounds for Saturday, with a high near 33 and a 30% chance of precipitation.

Sunday's high will be 38, with a chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon.

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