Enough already. It’s March, the month that we’re supposed to start getting a little relief from this relentless winter.
But not quite yet.
After a night of lows between zero to 5 below, the thermometer is expected to top out only in the teens today, some 15 to 20 degrees below normal, along with wind chill values of minus 10 or lower.
Nevertheless, a little bit of relief appears to be in sight.
“Temperatures should moderate the rest of the week,” National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said Monday. “We may even have highs in the lower 30s by the end of the week.”
The weather service recorded a low of 2 degrees – that’s plus 2 – at its Cheektowaga office Sunday night and, after a daytime high of only 11, saw the mercury drop back to 2 again Monday evening.
Unofficial spotter reports early Monday included lows of 6 below zero in Dunkirk, 5 below in Warsaw, 4 below in Jamestown and 2 below in Colden. And anyone feeling sorry for us can look to the north and east, where it was 17 degrees below zero in Watertown.
We got a break from the snow on Monday, but that won’t be the case today, Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast calls for scattered snow showers, adding half an inch or so each day in most places.
The thermometer should climb back to the mid 20s on Wednesday under cloudy skies. A few peeks of sunshine are expected on Thursday, with highs in the upper 20s.
Friday promises to be the most pleasant day of the week, with partly sunny skies and highs in the 30s. Then a cold front is due arrive, bringing more snow showers and dropping temperatures back below freezing.
It will be better. But, unfortunately, it won’t be over.