Over a foot of snow in some spots this weekend

Posted at 8:17 AM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 09:10:26-05

Here we go again! Another round of Lake Effect Snow is on the way for most of Western New York!

You can track the storm here

Rain will eventually change to snow showers later Saturday morning. A band of lake effect will develop later Saturday in the S.Tier, but it will be weak. Very minor accumulations of snow at best on the Chautauqua Ridge, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie hilltops. But we can't rule out some flakes in the Northtowns either. However, no accumulation expected for you folks.

The band of Lake Effect will begin to organize and intensify Sunday morning. It will start in Southern Erie and Chautauqua County and move into the Buffalo area by late morning, then meander south late Sunday afternoon. The band will slowly move into the Southtowns and eventually drift into Southern Erie and Chautauqua County Sunday night. Folks living in the areas affected by the intense band of lake effect can expect heavy snow at times and reduced visibility.

That is why there is a Lake Effect Snow Watch for much of Western New York, however starting and ending at different times:

  • Northern Erie, Genesee County from Sunday morning until Sunday 7p.m.
  • Southern Erie, Wyoming County from Sunday morning until Monday 7a.m.
  • Chautauqua, Cattaraugus County from Sunday afternoon until Monday 7a.m.
  • McKean County from Sunday afternoon until Monday 7a.m.

Areas likely to receive the most snowfall will be in Southern Erie and Chautauqua County. Towns in the most persistent band of snow could see snow totals over a foot.

The 7 First Alert Team is keeping a close eye on this and will continue to keep you updated throughout the weekend.




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