Buffalo residents ride a weather roller coaster

February 7, 2013 by  

According to a report from the end of January, Buffalo, New York residents are on a roller coaster ride, courtesy of the local weather.

The temperature in the normally frigid city hit 66°F by 8:00 am on January 30, shattering previous record highs for the date. The unusual weather has been teasing Buffalo residents for several weeks, bouncing from the usual chilly weather to unseasonable heat.

Laura Tuttle, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, who is attending graduate school at D’Youville College in Buffalo, admitted her first experience with the weather is not living up to her expectations. She was prepared for what she considers a “typical” Buffalo winter, including freezing temperatures and heavy snow, and thus far has been disappointed.

The warm weather began Saturday, January 28, with highs in the 20s after a week of single-digit temperatures. By the Monday, the highs were in the 40s and temperatures continued to rise to theWednesday’s record-shattering 66. The day also brought thunderstorms – a rare occurrence for January. One storm whipped the area with winds in excess of 50 miles per hour.

After the warm and windy week, Buffalo is heading back to the deep freeze, with temperatures expected to plummet to the 20s, bringing icy roads and a possible lake-effect snowstorm with them.

City officials could have flyer printing done to give residents winter weather safety tips about driving as well as remaining safe at home, as unpredictable weather often leads to higher rates of accidents.