An inch or two of new snow could impact Buffalo and the surrounding area today. That modest snow total, however, could make for treacherous driving conditions as strong winds whip up blowing snow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. Additionally, a lake effect snow warning is in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.
Here is the latest statement from the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service:
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY..
* WHAT...Heavy lake effect snow expected. The general snow this morning will transition to lake effect snow by afternoon. Travel will be very difficult. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 are expected in the most persistent lake snows, with local amounts of up to 20 inches across the higher terrain of Chautauqua County
* WHERE...Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow. Near whiteout conditions are possible at times.