Bone-chilling cold morning in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WIVB)- You have heard the adage, “Wait a minute and the weather will change.” This winter, there’s nothing further from the truth, as we have been stuck in the freezer most of the time since December.

Wednesday was a bone-chilling morning in western New York. Coming off the coldest morning so far this frigid stretch, there are still those ready to endure winter’s icy grip.

Amanda, a skier, said, “Well I would like it to be a little warmer, but you just have to live with it. We’re here in Rochester, we live in the Buffalo area, you just have to deal with it.”

Wednesday morning you could almost see the molecular motion slowing down. There were a wealth of double digit sub-zero readings ready to greet us as we began the day. This is one of those mornings in which the temperature could vary greatly, the denser the cold air settled in the lowest spots in the terrain. That’s where we had the coldest readings. We even have one unofficial report of -31 at Farmersville Wednesday morning.

Though the accuracy of that ready is difficult to verify, based on the number of reports of temperatures in the negative tens and twenties, it’s fair to say that it was just brutally cold.

Officially, the National Weather Service spotters reported -27 degrees at Franklinville and Alfred dropped to -20. Even at the Buffalo Airport, the temperature bottomed out at -3. That denser cold air draining down from the Chautauqua Ridge dipped the Dunkirk Airport temperature to -16. Virtually none of the surrounding suburbs escaped the deep freeze, with cooperative observers reporting a -18 at Millgrove and -12 at Clarence Center.

With possibly one of the coldest mornings of the season behind us, it will not be quite as cold Wednesday night and even more moderation awaits us next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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