Buffalo Winter: Typical or Not, That Is the Question

Winter, scientifically speaking, is classified as December, January, and February. Already two months down and we are not seeing what we typically do.

On average, our temperature for the entire month of December sits at 32.1 degrees. This December, the month averaged 33.3 degrees. That’s just one degree above average. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is, all things considered. For example, two days (December 26 and 27) featured temperatures just shy of 60 degrees! With temperatures above average, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that snowfall was below average. For the month of December, normally 22.4” of snow falls. This past December we saw 16.1”. None of that however was around on Christmas Day, leading to not only a mild day but left us all dreaming of a White Christmas.

January’s average monthly temperature sits at 22.9 degrees. This January temperatures averaged 33.0 degrees. More impressive, on January 11 the high temperature reached 67 degrees. The swings in temperature from warm to cold put us in ninth place for the warmest January ever recorded with weather information dating all the way back to the 1800s! Snowfall in numbers was seriously disappointing. In a typical January, 20.3” of snow falls. This year the Buffalo airport saw only 13.2” of snow. Although that didn’t come close to any records, winter weather enthusiasts were not impressed and local businesses that rely on snow were left dissatisfied.

February, although only halfway over, hasn’t been much better. Usually one of the coldest months of the year with an average temperature of 24.3 degrees, has been mild. This year we’re above the average by almost five degrees and warmer weather is forecasted. So far, temperatures have averaged 29.8 degrees. Snow has almost been nonexistent. The Buffalo Airport as of February 11 picked up a measly 1.16”. On average, 22.3” is observed. If Buffalo continues seeing dry conditions, we have a shot at making the top 10 lists of least snowy Februarys.

Stick with your Spectrum News team of meteorologists. We will bring you updates on the ‘winter that never was’ and help you stay informed in case anything changes!