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Parkas, hats and mittens will be essential elements in the wardrobe for Buffalo Niagara residents for the next few days. Some of the chilliest nights of the season are coming up.

After a weekend of unseasonable warmth, today will be the coldest day of the work week with the daytime high not expected to escape the 30s, and it will seem even crisper with a northwest breeze of 10 mph to 13 mph. The normal high for today’s date is 46 degrees.

Tonight, the mercury is expected to drop below freezing and into the upper 20s with light northwest winds. Temperatures will rebound back into the mid-40s by Wednesday under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

“All the wind we had over the last few days was an indication or a precursor of the strength of the cold high pressure...that will be centered here tonight,” said Bill Hibbert, weather service meteorologist.

Despite the cold, no snow is expected for the rest of the work week, Hibbert said.

That could change this weekend, however.

Early forecasts show snow showers expected Saturday night with overnight lows in the 20s. Scattered snow showers with breezy conditions and a sub-freezing daytime high is also in the forecast for Sunday.

“This is typical of November,” Hibbert said of the forecast today and next week. “We’ll see a wider variation of temperatures.

“Each successive cold snap is colder and colder until we get into winter and you’re shoveling a foot of snow off of your driveway,” he said.

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