The Lake Effect Snow Watch has been elevated to a Lake Effect Snow WARNING for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua & Cattaraugus Counties from 6 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Expect a mostly cloudy day with breezy conditions and some drizzle out there. Temperatures will hover around the upper 30s. But that breeze will make it feel much cooler!
You want to know about Thursday, let's get right to it!
Now for the interesting stuff!
- Band of Lake Effect Snow will develop late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning across the city and Southtowns. Dry air will limit a lot of the lake effect snowfall during the morning hours. However, this doesn't mean that this will not affect your commute to work Thursday morning.
- While snow starts out in the Southtowns, the band will shift towards ski country during the morning and afternoon. Multiple bands will likely develop during the later morning hours, one over the deep Southtowns (Hamburg south) and one over Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County. Once colder air moves through the area this afternoon, the band will become better developed, producing snowfall rates up to 2-3" per hour in some of the heaviest bands of snowfall.
This will affect your afternoon and evening commute, that is if you plan on traveling around the Eden/ Angola area. A gusty breeze and intense snowfall rates will reduce visibility significantly and make travel difficult in the heaviest band of snow.
- The band of snow will leave Southtowns by late Thursday afternoon/ early evening and stay in the Southern Tier and ski country through Friday. However, we can expect a few streamers off of Huron, that will bring the area a few more snow showers.
- Chautauqua Ridge right around Sinclairville and Mayville will see the most snow, upwards of 1-2 FT with higher localized amounts. Ellicottville will see substantial snowfall as well. Likely not as much as it's neighbors to the west in Chautauqua.
- Genesee and Orleans County will see a band of Lake Effect Snow off of Ontario and Huron develop late Thursday and Friday. Expect around 3-5" of snow for you folks. The further east you are, the more snow you have to shovel.
- As for Northern Erie and Niagara County, you will escape much of the snowfall unlike your friends in the Southern Tier. However, this doesn't mean you're out of the woods with snow, as there will be a few opportunities for nature to swing snowfall in your general direction.
- Bundle up! Winds will make it feel much colder on Thursday and Friday. While temperatures will be around 30F, it will feel like it is in the teens Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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