BUFFALO, NY -- The lake effect snow and bitter cold temperatures are moving out of Western New York.
The high winds decreased overnight with temperatures rising into the teens today. Winds will remain from the southwest at 10-15mph. A much quieter day in store for Thursday where after a chilly start near 10F temperatures will rise into the 20s with a mix of sun & clouds and light breezes.
Record daily maximum snowfall was set in Buffalo today with 7.2". This breaks the old record of 6.6" set back in 1942.
Record cold maximum temperature tied at Buffalo on Tuesday. The high temperature was only 9
degrees, which ties the record cold maximum temperature set in 1912 and 1942.
Record low temperature tied at Buffalo on Tuesday. The low temperature made it down to -5 degrees F on Tuesday morning. This ties the current record low set in 1942.
Storm Snowfall Totals (as of Wednesday early evening):
ORCHARD PARK 22.0"
S DEPEW 20.5"
WSW ELMA 18.6"
WEST SENECA 16.5"
S AKRON 13.5"
W LAKE VIEW 13.1"
NE CHEEKTOWAGA 12.6"
NW WILLIAMSVILLE 10.0"
NE BOSTON 10.0"
Peak Wind Gusts from Monday morning:
BUFFALO AIRPORT 60 mph
BARCELONA 56 mph
WELLSVILLE AIRPORT 53 mph
DUNKIRK 53 mph
OLCOTT 53 mph
Much of the central and eastern parts of the nation got hit with the cold and brutal wind chills because of a "Polar Vortex" that moved south. It's basically a very strong low pressure system where its source region is the North Pole.
That strong low moves south and brings in very cold arctic air and while it's rare, it moved all the way down into the United States the first part of this week. Record low temperatures were recorded locally and for much of the nation extending even as far south as Florida.
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