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Weather forecast: Back into the deep freeze

News 8 WROC
News 8 WROC
 10 hours ago

Today was our one day break from the frigid cold. And now it’s gone.

Temperatures topped out on the lower 40s this afternoon, warm enough to melt a little bit of that deep snowpack. But numbers are quickly dropping tonight as a fresh batch of arctic air settles back in across WNY. Beware icy sidewalks as today’s melt freezes back up. Temperatures will tumble into the teens through morning and won’t get out of the teens into the afternoon. So starts an extended stretch of very cold weather.

Wind out of the north through Thursday will be enough to set off a limited lake response in terms of snow showers. The very cold air is also fairly dry with inversion heights lower than what you’d be looking for regarding a more robust lake effect setup. Still, these setups can still produce some sneaky snow accumulations when considering the high snow ratios involved. A few fluffy inches could pile up closer to the lake, especially east of Rochester. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone in Wayne county picked up more than just a few inches. But that should be the exception versus the rule with cold otherwise commanding most of our attention.

Temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning could tumble to either side of zero degrees, cloud cover dependent. Wind chills down to -10 would be possible. Lake flakes should taper early Friday, another day not getting our of the teens. Friday night and Saturday morning should drop below zero with chills as cold as -20.

It’s possible that Friday night could feature some of the coldest air Rochester has felt in a few years.

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Our weekend features a slight rebound in temperatures, but we’re not getting above freezing. We’ll watch for an area of low pressure early next week that could spark another round of accumulating snow.

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~News 8 Weather Team

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