Record Warm Tuesday, But Icy Commute Expected Thursday

It Was Warmer Tues. Than It's Been on a Feb. 20 since 1955

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 (WBEN) Record breaking warmth on Tuesday was recorded at the National Weather Service's Airport office,  with other temperatures across the region close to-- and even reaching - 70 degrees in some spots

"The warmest temperatures occurred during the evening. We made it to 67 degrees , breaking the old record of 64," said Meteorologist Tony Ansuini at the Buffalo Airport Weather station, where the region's official temperature is recorded. 

The 67 degree mark was the warmest Feb. 20th since 1955. 

 National Weather Service spotters in Blasdell, Farnham and Springville and near Fredonia all reported 70 degrees at some point Tuesday.  Complete List Below

Ansuini warns that the burst of Spring-like weather will not last, with temperatures going down toward freezing overnight Wednesday into Thursday, with the possibility of some icy roads for the morning commute.

"I don't see a lot of precipitation, but some of the untreated roads could get slippery," he says 


Several upstate New York cities also saw record-breaking warmth Tuesday, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University

  • Elmira reached 69, breaking the Feb. 20 record high of 67 set in 1930
  • Poughkeepsie reached 65, breaking the Feb. 20 record high of 63 from 2016
  • Rochester reached 69, breaking the Feb. 20 record high of 62 from1994
  • Syracuse reached 68, breaking the Feb. 20 record high of 65 from 1930

Hear Ansuini on the WBEN Liveline:

National Weather Service Spotter Reports Across WNY from Tuesday:

Allegany County...
North of Belmont 72 degrees at 1:35
Wellsville Airport, 70 at 6:56 

Cattaraugus County...
1 ENE Olean . 70 degrees at 2 pm
2 mi ESE of East Randolph, 70 at 2:20pm           
3 mi E Lime Lake-Machias,  66 at 1:45 pm 0           
Olean Airport, 66 degrees at 1:28 pm.   

Chautauqua County...
Dunkirk Airport, 71 degrees at  12:53 PM              
2 WSW Fredonia, 70 degrees at 1:25 PM 
Clymer,69 degrees at 12:40 PM 

Erie County...
Springville, 70 degrees at 1: 34 PM      
2 E Farnham, 70 degrees at 1:05 PM               
2 SW Blasdell,  70 degrees at 1:03 PM               
3 SSW East Aurora,  67 degrees at 1:20 PM                 
2 N Angola On The Lake ,  67 degrees at  11:54 AM               
Buffalo Airport, 66 degrees at  6:54 PM                
1 WSW Buffalo,  55 degrees at 11:30 AM                 

Genesee County...
2 ENE Batavia,   69 degrees at 12:50 PM                  
Alabama,  66 degrees at 12:25 PM                  

.Niagara County...
2 WSW Olcott, 65 degrees at 4:40 PM                  
Niagara Falls Airport,  64 degrees at 6:53 PM                  
Lockport, 63 degrees at 700 PM 02/20                
Niagara Falls,  60 degrees at 3:12 PM                

Orleans County...
3 E Medina,  67 degrees at 8:35 PM 02/19   NYSM                 

.Wyoming County...
4 WNW Warsaw,  67 degrees at 1:15 PM

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