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Monday, April 14

Summer, Winter & Spring All in One Week!

Written by John DiPasquale:

Summer Sunday & today, but late tonight into Tuesday we will step back into winter for a couple of days with rain changing & ending as snow during midday and afternoon.  A minor slushy accumulation is probable Tuesday afternoon, especially on grassy surfaces and hilltops.  Temperatures will drop from near record warmth yesterday & today back into the 30s Tuesday & struggle to get out of the 30s Wednesday despite a good deal of April sunshine!

Temperatures will rebound nicely Thursday & Friday into the 50s & 60s, respectively under more sun, before it turns somewhat unsettled possibly for Easter weekend.  Temperatures will probably be colder for the weekend too, but the weekend is still several days out so it could still change.  Be sure to tune to News 8 throughout the week for the all important holiday weekend updates.

Have a good start to your week everyone!


Sunday, April 13

Huge changes....

Some were critical of my using the word HUGE in my tweet about changes in our weather this week.  A 40 to 50 degree change in temperature from 3pm Monday to 3 pm Tuesday is a huge change.  Just because you assume we are referring to snow that's your problem.   What is it that is said about assuming?

Anyway as we have said all along, any snow will be slushy and not significant.  Temps will struggle to reach 40 on Wednesday after morning lows in the 20s.  Don't plant your annuals just yet!

Scott Hetsko

Monday, April 7


Written by John DiPasquale:

Rain moves in from south to north this afternoon with a good 1" to 1.5" possible near & north of the Thruway with closer to a half to three quarters of an inch south this afternoon through tonight.  Temperatures will dip back out of the 50s & into the 40 to 45 degree range as the rain moves in & cools the air.  Tonight temps will basically hold steady, & Tuesday we should be up near 50, before slipping back a little during the afternoon with a scattering of rain showers possibly mixing with a little snow &/or sleet during the afternoon, especially over the hills.

Late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning there may be a few snow showers & flurries with a reinforcing shot of colder air, setting us up for a blustery Wednesday with highs only in the low 40s.

We will recover nicely Thursday thanks to a warm front passage due to come through early Thursday & warm us back up well into the 50s to near 60 with some sun!

Another cold front will attempt to dive in late Thursday night into Friday morning with some rain & colder air to end the week, & then the weekend will try to warm up more significant, especially come Sunday with a little rain possible Sunday.  More cold air MAY follow next week following the balmy weekend.  Stay tuned.

Have a great one everyone!!    

Thursday, April 3


Written by John DiPasquale:

The rest of today will be a little chilly with a cool breeze out of the northeast keeping areas near the big lake quite chilly, mainly in the 30s to near 40, while the rest of the area should make the mid 40s & possibly a bit higher south of the Thruway.  Clouds will also increase this afternoon & should lead to a little rain later this evening & overnight thanks to a fast moving low tracking to the south later tonight.

The next system coming together across the Upper Midwest will hook to the west of us later Friday into Friday evening & usher in a milder air mass Friday afternoon & evening.  Some pretty good rains & possibly a t-storm or two, along with gusty southerly winds will build in during the midday and afternoon hours Friday too, as the milder air arrives.  Highs later Friday afternoon will push well up into the 50s, but a cold front will quickly make it's way across the region late Friday night/early Saturday & cool us off into the low 40s with a few scattered rain & snow showers Saturday.  Wind chills Saturday will dip into the mid 20s to low 30s for much of the day, as winds will whip the colder air in out of the northwest, so if you are going to head out for the Red Wings home opener be sure to bundle up!  No surprise there!

High pressure will build in & provide a good deal of sun to end the weekend with highs reaching the mid to upper 40s, & all in all shouldn't feel too bad Sunday afternoon with light winds.

Late Monday through Tuesday is a time frame the News 8 weather team has been watching very closely, as a storm will develop near the Gulf of Mexico & come north.  At this point, though, it looks like the storm MAY take more of a westerly track & move just west of, or right over us & if this is the case most of the accumulating precipitation would fall in the form of rain.  However, this could change significantly between now & when this storm is supposed to affect us, so definitely stay tuned for updates through the start of next week for the latest from us.

Have a great day Everyone!

Sunday, March 30

Winter's Last Hurrah?: Recap

Written by: Stacey Pensgen

Welp, it wasn't a total bust, but it wasn't a slam dunk forecast, either. In the end, the snow definitely won out (for most everybody). "Official" NWS spotter reports just came out, and totals ranged anywhere from 3-4" to 10".  That deformation zone set up perfectly over WNY, especially from Monroe County west, and pivoted over the area from late evening through the early morning hours giving us a several hours of heavy snow. I can tell you, I was driving home in it! Nearly everybody saw that nasty sleet/freezing rain before the snow, giving the roads a layer of slop under the cement-like snow. Today? Not so fun to shove out from this! Keep this in mind - had this been a "cold" snow - about 5-10° colder, we would have easily doubled our totals, and it probably woud have been a slam dunk forecast. 

So, are even all you snow lovers out there saying "uncle" this morning? I have to admit, I'm more of a summer-weather fanatic, but I've absolutely loved this good old fashioned winter!

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