What to expect Thursday with the latest Lake Effect Snow Warning

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 07:37:36-05

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been expanded, now including northern Erie County from 7 a.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service says some areas could get 4 to 7 inches during the day Thursday, and an additional 2 to 4 inches Thursday Night. That means totals of 6 inches to a foot in the strongest bands.

The greatest accumulations are expected across the Buffalo Southtowns.

It will be quite windy as well, with winds up to 25 miles an hour, and gusts us to 35 mph. That could increase visibility problems, causing blowing snow across much of the area.

The afternoon commute Thursday could be the biggest issue.

It will also be a cold walk out the door Thursday, with temperatures in the teens for areas away from the lake. With the wind, it will feel like single digits outside...and daytime temperatures will only reach into the mid 20s.

As always, Lake Effect snow can vary from location to location: some areas may only see a few issues, while others see a foot.

The Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus Counties through 5 p.m. Friday. 8 to 18 inches of snow is possible, with reducing visibility.

Areas such as Orchard Park, Hamburg, Blasdell will see some shovel-able snowfall out of this, right around 4-8"


You can always find the latest forecast here