March doesn’t get much colder in Buffalo than it did Tuesday morning. The official temperature at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga dropped to minus 3 degrees at 2:44 a.m., tying a record for March 4 set in 1943.
It was the sixth below-zero day the Weather Service registered this winter and the second time a record low was tied. The winter’s coldest reading was a record-tying minus 5 on Jan. 7. The all-time low for this month came 30 years ago – minus 7 on March 8, 1984.
Chances are this is the last below-zero night Western New York will see for a while. Temperatures are supposed to climb into the 20s today, accompanied by scattered snow showers, followed by nighttime lows between 5 and 10. Highs of 30 or better, along with sunny skies, are predicted for Thursday and Friday.