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Polar plunge for Mother's Day Weekend

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Posted at 12:02 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 05:02:56-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The cold weather pattern in place continues into Mother’s Day weekend with the possibility of some accumulating snow as temperatures fall to 20 degrees below average.

To have a comparison, in the past 40 years, since 1980 only five Mother’s Days have had daytime highs in the 40s.
There also has only been five times a trace of snow has fallen. 1983, 1984, 1996, 2010 and 2013.

Some other stats for Mother’s Days since 1980:
Average high is 65F. Average low is 46F.
14 had no precipitation at all
14 had highs in the 40s and 50s.

RECORDS:
Highest temperature was 83F in 1961
Coldest temperatures was 32F in 1963
Most snowfall .5” 1977
Most rain 1.94” in 1990
If you recall last year, May 12th 2019 it was a cool day. The high temperature was 49F with a low of 43F and .09” of rain. With the most current run of the European model and the GFS (two models we look at often for long range forecasting) we’re trending in that direction with highs in the upper 40s and rain showers arriving late in day. For a better look at the forecast leading into the weekend check out our 7 First Alert Weather page.

This is a bit of a turn from the two days leading into Mother’s Day. Saturday will be a cold day with snow showers and the potential for some accumulating snow, especially south of Buffalo. Remember only .3” of snow is normal for the entire month of May and even Buffalo may get more than that on Saturday!

Data from the National Weather Service Buffalo office, click here for the complete list.