First Alert Weather: A break from the cold… for now

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Tuesday was easily the coldest day of the winter season, with most of the day spent in the single digits, prompting a Code Blue in Monroe County. A 24-hour warming center is set up at the Open Door Mission on W Main Street in Rochester.

That being said, no cold records were set for Tuesday. A warm front lifting through will actually cause temperatures to rise back through the teens and eventually into the 20s by Wednesday morning. From there, we climb above freezing on Wednesday under a mostly cloudy sky. We may see a few flurries, but nothing that will accumulate.

Thursday will also be mainly dry and milder, with highs in the mid-30s, but that is where our little thaw ends. A cold front moves in late Thursday, bringing with it a few snow showers (little/no accumulation), followed by another blast of colder air. We’ll fall back into the teens by Friday morning, and continue to drop through the teens the rest of the day. With the cold air, some minor light lake effect will develop, but the air will be very dry, making it hard to muster much in the way of accumulation.

The weekend: It is going to be a cold weekend! Including the Buffalo Bills game. We’ll start Saturday in the single digits and likely stay that way for much of the day. Game time temperatures will likely be in the mid to upper single digits and drop a few degrees by the end of the game. Winds should remain fairly light, with little in the way of any snow. Sunday will start off quite cold, with some spots below zero, but we’ll climb back into the mid-20s with dry weather.

What we’re watching: We’re watching the potential for a coastal storm early next week, which may bring significant snow to the Mid-Atlantic Northeast and New England. We are still too far away to know any details, and at this point, we’re simply watching the trends. Of course, we’ll keep you updated!


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