BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents say they can’t believe it; an Arctic gust could dump snow on Buffalo already.
“Yes, yes, I’m in denial, in complete denial.” That’s what Rebecca Greene from Williamsville had to say about the impending Arctic blast that is forecast to move into WNY next week.
Leaves may still be clinging to a few trees in the city and suburbs, but this is usually when the region starts to see some of the first snowflakes of the cold weather season. This year, the early arrival of wintry weather will be a little different, as a super-charged shot of Arctic air will plunge into the lower 48 states, including our region. “It’s too cold and every year I turn to my husband and say, ‘Why do we live here?”‘ added Greene.
The Arctic blast can be blamed it on the remnants of powerful typhoon Nuri which is tracking northward toward Alaska. What has gone up to Alaska will now come down on western New York.
It will buckle the jet stream dislodging early season cold that has already been building in the Arctic regions, sending it barreling in the direction of WNY toward mid-week next week. The storm which is expected to produce 50 foot waves off the Aleutians, will send temperatures from 10 to 30 degrees below normal across a large part of the country as far south as Florida.
“Honestly, I just got back from Florida Monday. This is not right,” Dawn Caci, a Williamsville resident said.
“I’m not ready for it. I hope that it’s not like last winter,” Yvonne Grist, also from Williamsville said.
Not only will this weather pattern usher in the coldest air that WNY has encountered so far this season, but reinforcing shots of cold air may follow in its wake over the next few weeks.
Some people are actually pretty happy about it.
Joe Hammann said he’s anxiously awaiting whatever winter is ready to dish out.
“I do it all. I prefer the sledding. It’s my winter choice. Winter’s great, we live in Buffalo. It’s the place to be,” Hammann said.
New York is getting into a trend of colder than normal Novembers. November temperatures have been below average for the past two years. Last year they were below the average by as much as 3 degrees.
This is an excellent example of how weather on the other side of the world can actually impact our weather in western New York.