Good Thursday from Meteorologist Todd Santos:
A Lake Snow WARNING will be in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua & Cattaraugus Counties from today through early Friday.
The lake snow bands will continue to spray WNY today and are expected to again shift north towards the city later this afternoon. It is highly recommended that you check the 4 Warn Doppler before making any longer trips to see if you will have to cross one or more of the snow bands. While a few areas in the direct path of the heavier snow could find a quick 3-5", it is more the repeated layering of snow that will create the much larger totals for the whole event. A good example is a place like Colden where we could find 3-6" today, 6-9" tonight, and another 1-3" on Friday. Buffalo during the same time frame could find about 2-4" with higher amounts across the Southtowns. By early Friday morning a cold front will slide across the area bringing some lake enhanced snow to the mix. The snow on Friday should settle down by later in the day, though Saturday will find another snow making system that will likely bring a more widespread snow event to WNY.
Cold air will continue to move over the lakes into early next week, which will keep the chance for additional lake snow. There is likely to be a good break in the snow by late Sunday, though chances will pick back up into early Monday.
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THURSDAY; Lake snow bands will slowly bend back north towards the Southtowns during the day and may reach the City and out to Batavia later in the day, making for a difficult PM commute. High: 17-21 Winds: W-WSW 12-20 gusting to around 30.
TONIGHT; The band may produce 4-8" of accumulation, with locally higher amounts possible. Low: 10-17 W/WSW winds pick up to 15-25, producing some Blowing Snow. Lake Snow near the metro area in the evening will settle a little further south again overnight.
FRIDAY; Some Lake Snow, mainly south early, shifting north again toward midday, though with less wind in the afternoon. High: 25. Low: 19.
SATURDAY; A Widespread, General Snowfall develops across the region. Amounts may be a little heavier in the Southern Tier. At least several inches will accumulate: First PRELIMINARY estimate: 3-5" Niagara Frontier/4-7" S Tier. High: 26. Low: 21. Snow will continue Saturday evening, diminishing after midnight.
SUNDAY; Mostly Cloudy & Cold with Scattered Snow Showers. High: 25. Scattered Snow Showers at night. Low: 15.
MONDAY; Mostly Cloudy & Quite Cold with the chance of Scattered Snow Showers. High: 24. Low: 18.
TUESDAY; Cloudy & Not So Cold with more widespread and somewhat slushier snow likely. High: 32. Low: 23.
WEDNESDAY; Mostly Cloudy with a chance of Snow Showers. High: 28 Low: 22
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