After warm start, February cold returns to WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – They say the cold and the snow comes with the territory of living in Western New York, but this season hasn’t seen much of either. It was a different story today though, where temperatures in the teens had locals bundled up tight.

To many, this cold is just a small price to pay to avoid a winter like last year, where we saw cold and snow records broken constantly. Still, this cold has been long overdue. This past Wednesday was the first day this month where temperatures were below average in Buffalo. The rest of the month had been above average, even in the 60s last week.

The evidence of this is still seen at Lake Erie, with only about 3.5% ice cover. In fact, even the smaller bodies of water remain unfrozen, like Hoyt Lake at Delaware Park.

However, this winter plunge is great news for the ski resorts, where it’s cold enough for making snow, and we have more real snow on the way before the weekend. 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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