Frigid November Temps Follow Record Snowfall

Few Schools Close

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November 12, 2019 - 2:44 am

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(WBEN) The record-breaking accumulating snowfall is being followed by some frigid temperatures by November standards.  Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday won't get higher than the 20's.

Record snow accumulation resulted from the early season storm. The National Weather Service recorded 8.7 inches of snow at the airport Monday, shattering the old record of 5.3 inches set in 1942.  Official accumulation at the airport hit 10.9" by the overnight hours into Tuesday. The snowfall Monday may end up being the fourth highest record snowfall for November in the region when all is said and done.

"We can see the back edge of the snowfall", said National Weather Service meteorologist Heather Kenyon.  Kenyon tells us there may be some light additional accumulation of snow early Tuesday before lake effect sets up and impacts mainly the southern tier.

Some good news as the snowfall ends?  "We're going to see a slight warming trend though the end of the week", says Kenyon.

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The storm did not shut-down the city.  "Every road is in great shape," said Erie County Public Works Commissioner Bill Geary. "Some roads have a little snow pack and slush with the salt working in right now." Geary called it a "manageable storm". 

Three local school districts were closed. Attica, East Aurora and Orchard Park Central. 

Buffalo Schools made the decision to be open at 5am. "We transport 29,500 students on yellow buses. and 10,500 students on Metro Bus," said Transportation Director Al Diamico. "Each storm is different. But if the snow was coming down an inch an hour at 7am, it might have been a different decision," he said.  

The National Weather Service said Tuesday and Wednesday may see record cold from the southern Plains to the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and beyond, thanks to what it calls an "arctic airmass" that started in Siberia and has been spilling over a big chunk of the Midwest and East Coast.

There will still be plenty of snow into Tuesday in parts of the Northeast as the weather service reported the region may see up to a foot of snow, creating what it called "hazardous travel conditions." Meanwhile, temperatures were forecast below freezing as far south as the Texas Gulf Coast.

Records are expected to be broken in Chicago, as well. Weather service meteorologist Kevin Birk said the high for the Windy City is expected to reach 21 degrees (-6 Celsius), which is seven degrees lower than the previous record set for Nov. 12. Low temperatures in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa could drop into the single digits, according to Birk.

"This is an air mass that's more typical for the middle of January than mid-November," said Birk. "It is pretty much about the coldest we can be this time of year (and) it could break records all over the region."

In some areas, the mercury fell quickly. Temperatures in Denver climbed past 70 degrees (21 Celsius) over the weekend only to fall to 14 degrees (-10 Celsius) early Monday.

As the weather made driving difficult in much of the Midwest, authorities said Monday's snowfall were to blame for four deaths.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office in Michigan said two women, ages 81 and 64, and a 57-year-old man were killed in a two-vehicle crash caused by poor road conditions. And in Kansas, the Highway Patrol said an 8-year-old girl died in a three-vehicle wreck.

Officials in central Wyoming were searching for a 16-year-old autistic boy who went missing Sunday wearing only his pajamas.

In Chicago, a plane landing at O'Hare International Airport on Monday slid across the runway. No one was injured. More than 1,000 flights at O'Hare and Midway International Airport were canceled after more than 3 inches of snow fell.

The National Weather Service reported, in all, that snowfall totals could reach up to a foot or more in some parts of Indiana, Michigan and Vermont. Areas west of the Rocky Mountains would be spared the arctic air, with above average temperatures expected in some of those places, according to the weather service.


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