An old friend will be visiting again this week, one we haven’t seen for a while in these parts: temperatures above freezing.
The National Weather Service is calling for high temperatures of 30 degrees today, 38 on Wednesday and 44 on Thursday.
Depending on what happens later today, that will end the current streak of 15 or 16 days when the temperature hasn’t reached 32 degrees or above.
The temperature hit 37 degrees on Feb. 2 and hasn’t gone above freezing since then.
How impressive is that 15-day streak?
“It’s not anywhere near a record, but it’s a good stretch,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said today.
The longest such streak of sub-32-degree temperatures was 45 days. And, you guessed it, that was in the Blizzard of ’77 winter, from Dec. 26, 1976 through Feb. 8, 1977.
Meanwhile, the sloppy drive into work that continued into early and mid-afternoon, with driving snow causing authorities to close the Skyway and other parts of Route 5 eastbound and westbound, had eased somewhat by 3 p.m., when the Skyway reopened. However, Fuhrmann Boulevard remained closed.
Similar conditions this morning led to several accidents and vehicles going off the road, including on the Niagara Thruway, Scajaquada Expressway and Route 219.
Snow fell between 6 and 7 a.m. today, but accumulations are not expected to reach much more than an inch. Occasional winds of 30 mph or more will be whipping the new-fallen snow, according to Mitchell.
More snow may come this evening, but nothing more than a light dusting.
Meanwhile, temperatures are heading upwards into the low to mid-30s by rush hour Wednesday.
“It will be a reverse of what we’ve seen, south winds are blowing in warmer temperatures," Mitchell said, after north winds blew in cold temperatures Monday.
That means possible rain showers on Wednesday.
By late Thursday into Friday, there is a possibility of flooding as temperatures rise into the mid- to high 40s.
The weather service is urging street crews to clear drainage areas where snow piles may have been accumulated so that the melting snow and rain can drain.
The weather service is expecting a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain late Thursday into Friday.