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Gusty winds usher winter weather as western New York springs ahead this weekend

Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 12:29:05-05

Thinking about spring and the clock change this weekend?  Longer lasting evenings when the sun sets after 7pm makes you feel like spring is right around the corner, doesn't it?  While the vernal equinox is March 20th at 6:28am, mother nature sure isn't sliding us into home!

Arctic air ushers in this weekend as temperatures drop into the 20s for highs.  Gusty northwest winds bring in lake effect snow showers Friday and Saturday and wind chills plummet to sub-zero levels Saturday and Sunday morning across the southern-tier.  March feeling more like January with this stint of cold weather, lasting nearly a week!

A strong area of low-pressure across Quebec allows the polar air to dive across the great lakes. With no big changes in the upper atmosphere, the cold stays put over the next week.

Our normal high temperature for this time of year should be 40 degrees, we are going to average 15-20 degrees below that this weekend.  Overnights drop to single digits in spots!  Wind chills in the teens on Friday dive into the single digits late in the evening and even end up sub-zero Saturday morning.  It'll be a bitter day with wind chill values struggling to be above zero and actual temperatures struggling to 20 degrees.  Wind chilly dip back below zero Saturday night and only slightly improve on Sunday when it feels like we are in the teens.

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