At this rate, it should be getting warmer soon – by late June or July.
Actually, the overnight sub-zero temperatures throughout Western New York were just a prelude to the big thaw, starting now through the end of the week.
“We’re looking for temperatures to warm up into the mid 20s today, the upper 30s by Wednesday and the upper 40s by Thursday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly said this morning.
That wasn’t the case overnight, when the official temperature at the weather service in Cheektowaga was 2 degrees below zero.
That was downright balmy compared to unofficial reports from spotters scattered across the region.
The colder reported figures included 12 degrees below in Jamestown, 9 below in Olean and Wales, 7 below in Niagara Falls and 6 below in Colden. The good news there was that fairly light winds kept the wind chills from dropping into more extreme figures.
During this relentless winter, even the warming temperatures will create problems.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the rest of the week throughout the region, because of the elevated chance of ice-jam related flooding. And a wind advisory is in effect in the southern half of Western New York, from midnight tonight to 11 a.m. Tuesday, with sustained south winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph expected.
This winter, it’s always something.