For the first time in more than a week, Western New York is free of any severe weather warnings and advisories. A wind chill warning that had covered the region since Thursday expired Sunday morning.
Temperatures were forecast to climb into the lower 20s Sunday, ending a streak of bitter cold temperatures that forced the closings of most schools on Friday.
Overnight temperatures in Western New York plunged well below zero. There was an unofficial reading of 20 below in Olean. It was 13 below in East Aurora. Officially, at the airport weather station, the temperature dropped to four below.
It may get as warm as 50 on Thursday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a general snow fall Sunday night into Monday that could result in two to three inches of accumulation in most areas.
Because of the extreme cold, sanitation pick-up in Buffalo was suspended Saturday afternoon. Service was already delayed because of the New Year's holiday. Pick-ups will resume Monday in the Delaware and North Districts. The rest of the week's sanitation schedule in Buffalo will be delayed a day, as it was the past two weeks because of the holidays.
Recycling, however, will continue as normal this week with the usual Monday pick-up in the South District.