Rain to snow in first of 2 rounds of lake effect

Posted at 9:21 PM, Jan 08, 2016

Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from 7pm this evening until early Monday evening. 

Wind Advisory for all of Western New York from now until early Monday morning. Winds will be westerly 25 to 35mph with gusts up to 50mph.

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Gas up the snowblower! A couple of cold fronts will not only usher in arctic air from the north, but a series of lake effect snow events that by the end of the week, folks living in ski-country could be measuring snow in feet! 

A low pressure system will bring a soaking rain to the area this morning. Cold front won't arrive until this afternoon. Winds will pick up in strength this afternoon, with gusts over 45mph at times. Areas along the shores of Lake Erie could feel gusts up to 50mph.

Round 1:

Everybody continues to see some rain showers Sunday afternoon. But the switchover from rain to snow will take place after 3pm.

The lake effect band will develop in Chautauqua County during the early evening hours and slowly drift up into Southern Erie and Wyoming counties during the overnight hours. The band will stay in that area for much of the night and into tomorrow morning.

Folks living in and around the Buffalo suburbs and metro area won't have to worry about the band of snow moving into their backyard until late Monday afternoon. 

As of now, there is a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from 7pm this evening until Monday 7pm. Folks living on the hill-tops will see snow totals close to a foot.

Round 2:

Everybody will see another healthy dose of general snowfall, as a clipper pushes into the region along with another shot of cold air.

Winds out of the southwest will help the lake effect band regroup and intensify in and around the Northtowns and Buffalo metro Tuesday afternoon. The band will push south into the Southern Tier later in the day and will stay there through Wednesday. 

Keep it locked here. As the weather unfolds, we'll continue to modify the forecast and update you throughout the day.



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