Goodbye April !

Closing the weather books on a cruel month



Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - We're closing the weather books on the month of April today. And it can't come fast enough - for a lot of us. Cold and snowy is how the National Weather Service will remember it.

"It was a cold month. The average temperature was about 6.5 degrees below normal" said Tony Ansuini, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service.  "This will be the coldest April in Buffalo in 75 years.  You would have to go back to April, 1943 to find a colder April". 

6.9 inches of snow fell in April, that's about 4 inches above normal.  It brought the season total to 112.3 inches.  That's 18 inches above normal and  makes it the 20th snowiest season on record. 

As far as the snow record between Buffalo and Erie, Pa, WBEN 7 First Alert Meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski says it's still in tact (for Buffalo).   "199.4 to 198.5 and it looks like Buffalo will keep the record" said Mentkowski. 

The month of May starts out warm and dry for Western New York.   Monday has a high near 60, Tuesday lo 70's and Wednesday could be Summer-like with a high near 80 inland. 

Ansuini says there's another below-normal stretch of temperatures coming at the end of this week and for a good part of next week.  "It's not a drastic cool-down, but we're probably looking at more 50's and 60's rather than 70's and 80's". 

In case you're wondering, the latest projections show a warmer than average Summer on the way.  (Some of us will believe it when we see it!)





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