Long Range Winter Outlook Full of Cold and Snow

VIDEO: AccuWeather experts predict winter trends for 716

WBEN Newsroom
November 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm



Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Winter arrived early in the form of record snow and record cold across the Buffalo and Western New York region.

An arctic blast that sent shivers across the Midwest spread to the eastern U.S. on Wednesday, with bitter weather establishing new records from Mississippi to Maine.

Cold temperatures that stretched to the Gulf Coast followed a snowstorm that the National Weather Service said contributed to nearly 30% of the country being covered in snow as of Wednesday.

Snowfall and slippery roads were blamed for more than a half-dozen deaths across the country since Monday.

In the Northeast, temperatures dipped to single digits early Wednesday in some communities. Forecasters projected even lower temperatures late Wednesday and early Thursday in some locations.

But what's in the long range outlook for Western New York? 

"I think lake effect is going to be a big deal this year", says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Pastelok as he looks ahead to Winter in 716.  Pastelok expects the winter season to be colder than normal and is forecasting similar snowfall totals to last year.  During the winter of 2018-19, Buffalo saw 118 inches of snow and Pastelok is expecting totals to fall within the 105 to 115 inch range.  The annual average snowfall is 94 inches.

Here is the complete long range outlook from AccuWeather for Buffalo and Western New York.

Record low temperatures for the date were recorded Tuesday in New York City; Buffalo, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and parts of Ohio. More daily records were broken Wednesday morning in Burlington, along with several locations in Pennsylvania.

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