Blizzard Warning issued for portions of Western New York

Posted at 9:30 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 14:42:47-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Wyoming County starting 10:00 p.m. and going through 4:00 p.m. Friday.

A Winter Storm Warning posted for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans, and Genesee Counties from 10pm today through 1pm Thursday.

Lake Effect Snow Warning is posted for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties from Wednesday at 10 p.m. through Saturday at 6 p.m.

Here's what you can expect:

Late Wednesday night
Colder air spills into Western New York and any rain will quickly change over to snow. Winds will increase out of the west 15 to 25 miles per hour.

Thursday morning
Expect about 3 to 6" of snow when you head out the door. Snow will fall across all of Western New York with temperatures in the upper 20s. Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the day. We'll deal with snow and blowing snow for the morning commute with winds increasing and gusting near 40 miles per hour.

Thursday evening
Snow with strong winds will continue across the area. The heaviest lake bands will shift south of Buffalo. Temperatures will be in the teens. Winds will gust near 50 miles per hour.

Expect scattered snow showers with temperatures in the 20s. Lake effect will better organize over areas south of Buffalo. Winds will still be strong with gusts near 45 miles per hour.

Snow totals will be highest south of Buffalo. By Saturday afternoon, areas south of Buffalo will see one to two feet of snow. Metro Buffalo will pick up about 5 to 10" with similar amounts north of Buffalo. Batavia toward Albion will be in the 8 to 12" range. New data keeps coming in and the numbers could certainly fluctuate. Models are now trending colder so these snow totals have a chance of increasing. Our 7 First Alert Weather Team will keep you posted.