Every year, we know not to trust the few days in March when the temperature exceeds 55 degrees, or even 60 degrees. There’s always a final effort or two from Old Man Winter in late March and early April in Western New York.
Even though the calendar calls for spring, it will still be the case this weekend and for many in the region the snowfall will be quite heavy.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties.
The warning lasts from 5 p.m. this afternoon until 5 a.m. Monday morning.
Snow accumulations could range from 7 to 14 inches, with a foot or more falling in parts of the Southern Level, including the Boston Hills and Wyoming County Ridges.
Wind gusts will also be a problem. Winds will be blowing at 35 mph, creating dangerous driving conditions and blowing snow that will cause plowed roads to develop quickly with snow again.
The city of Buffalo will likely only see an inch or two of snow, but the cold will be felt across Western New York through next Tuesday as we won’t escape above 40 degrees. The next warm-up won’t come until Thursday, when temperatures will briefly hit 60 degrees, before dropping again next weekend.
If you don’t have to be anywhere today and you live in the southern or southern part of Erie County, it’s best not to go out. The weather is expected to be pretty bad Saturday night and most of Sunday.
Can spring already arrive here?