Anyone who thought those single-digit temperatures two weeks ago were a one-time thing should think again. They’re coming back.
All that wind Sunday was the prelude to a major arctic chill scheduled to move into Western New York tonight.
“It’s going to be cold for everyone,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga.
The winds should be less of a concern today as they shift from west to northwest and subside to 10 to 20 mph, but with temperatures falling through the teens this afternoon, it won’t feel any more pleasant. When the full force of the arctic front arrives later tonight, wind chills will be well below zero.
But we’re not getting another visit from the polar vortex, National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Smith declared Sunday night.
The vortex, he said, “will be centered in Quebec. We’ll have a band of cold air pushed over New York and extending south to the Carolinas and maybe pushing to Florida again. Then the cold northwest flow is going to continue to pump the cold air in.”
As a result, Tuesday is shaping up as the bitterest day this week. Tuesday’s temperatures are not expected to climb out of the single digits, with wind chills below zero all day long. There also will be snow in the air, with scattered flurries and an occasional lake-reinforced snow shower. Accumulation in most places should be only an inch or so.
A subzero night, the second coldest of the winter so far, is forecast Tuesday, then things should slowly start to get warmer. Very slowly.
The outlook for Wednesday calls for a high about 10, followed by 12 on Thursday. When temperatures climb back into the 20s next weekend, it should feel almost like spring.
News Staff Reporter Jill Terreri contributed to this report. email: email@example.com