Temps headed for a deep freeze on Friday

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Erie Canal towpath and Gaines Basin Road bridge are shown on Sunday. This is a spot just east of the bridge in the Town of Gaines.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 February 2023 at 8:53 am

It’s going to get much colder in Orleans. On Friday, the high temperature is forecast for 9 degrees with an overnight low at minus 3.

Today is forecast to be sunny with a high of 24 followed by a high near 34 on Thursday.

The Weather Service warns there will be dangerously cold wind chills on Thursday night through Saturday morning.

After the deep freeze, the temperatures will rise to a high of 27 on Saturday, 37 on Sunday and 34 on Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

AAA put out a news release today urging drivers to be ready for the cold temps, which can lead to more dead batteries.

“Extremely cold temperatures in the forecast will cause many car batteries to fail especially if they are not driven over the weekend,” AAA said. “Driving your car is the best way to maintain its charge. Call volume on Monday, February 6 is expected to be high as many people will choose to stay home over the weekend and find dead car batteries on Monday morning upon return to work. Motorists should keep this in mind, and they shouldn’t wait until the last minute to make sure their vehicle car starts.”