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January 21, 2013

Warnings as temps sink to single digits

Niagara Gazette — As the flu continues to grip the nation, Western New Yorkers will have another challenge on their hands with frigid temperatures moving in for the remainder of the week. 

With banks, schools and government offices closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, many area streets seemed empty, as residents huddled inside to avoid the frigid weather. 

Dan Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said the region will continue to have single-digit temperatures through Thursday, with lows near 7 degrees on Tuesday and highs in the mid-teens. 

A cold air mass moving southward from Canada will cause mild wind gusts up to 20 mph today, according to Kelly, who said that a low-pressure system will also bring light flurries and 1 to 2 inches of snow in the Buffalo area. North and south of the city, accumulation will be more significant, with nearly a foot of snow. 

Kelly said that as the those temperatures remain, residents both young and old should prepare, including bundling up and avoiding the outdoors when possible. 

"All I can say is that you need to take precautions no matter who you are," he said. "Wear several layers of clothing and a hat and gloves. Keep an eye on the elderly and the young too." 

Lake Erie, with a current temperature of 36 degrees will likely not freeze this week, Kelly said, though several days of below normal weather could bring it closer to the tipping point, and cause areas near the shoreline to build ice. Kelly said that based off historical records, the lake most often freezes in February, which appears to be the case in 2013 as well, while the chance of lake effect snow looms. 

January has is 8.2 degrees above average thus far, while December was 6.2 degrees above the median, Kelly added. 

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