It may be the middle of April, but another shot of snow is on the way following a mainly dry Tuesday.
After some spotty showers popped up during the day, a passing cold front will support a band of widespread showers tonight. Temperatures will quickly drop off behind that front, so plan on lows bottoming out in the mid-30s to right around 40 degrees.
Tuesday is shaping up to be a mainly dry day, but more clouds than sunshine is expected. That’ll make it even harder for temperatures to rebound behind that front, so expect highs to just top out in the 40s to near 50 degrees.
The weather will quickly take a turn overnight Tuesday into Wednesday as widespread precipitation fills in. There are still some uncertainties regarding the track of that system, and that will determine what kind of precipitation will fall.
As it stands right now, it’s looking like more snow than rain for most of Western New York. The best chance of ending up warm enough to support more of a wintry mix/rain initially will be for parts of the Southern Tier and out towards the Finger Lakes.
As the morning turns into the afternoon, it’s looking like everything will change over to just snow. The exact track of that system will also determine how much snow we’re looking at.
Since it is April though, it’ll be tough for that snow to stick initially on the warmer ground. As long as snowfall rates are high enough, it’ll eventually overcome that.
With that said, snow will stick first to elevated and grassy surfaces, but some slushy road conditions will also be fair game.
This forecast still needs to be fine tuned, but it’s currently looking like most of the area will pick up at least a couple of slushy inches. On the higher end though, it’s not out of the question that some of the higher terrain could end up with around half a foot of wet snow by the time the more widespread snow starts to break apart late Wednesday afternoon.
As that system pulls away, the focus then shifts to scattered lake-effect snow showers developing southeast of the lakes Wednesday night into Thursday morning. That could also provide some additional accumulations in spots.
Either way, it’ll be chillier for mid-week. Highs will just top out in the 40s, if not the 30s for Wednesday.
This taste of winter won’t stick around for very long though. Temperatures will get back into the 50s to close out the week, but some rain could make a return for next weekend, as well.
Stay tuned to Weather On The 1s for more updates!
As of Monday, the Buffalo Airport has picked up a little more than six feet of snow for the season. That’s over 20 inches below average for this time of year.
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