Bracing for a big winter blast across the region

Mar 1, 2018

A Winter Storm Warning is posted for all of Western New York from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.  The National Weather Service said to expect heavy snow with accumulations of 8 to 14 inches across the region.

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the morning commute on Friday,” stated the Weather Service forecast.

Snow storm in Buffalo in March of 2017.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Gusty winds combined with wet heavy snow could cause tree branches to fall, leading to scattered power outages. It will also create “significant reductions in visibility” making travel conditions dangerous.

WBFO News spoke with Dave Zaff, National Weather Service meteorologist in Buffalo.

"Looking for a fairly heavy snowfall overnight with five to ten inches and then it should start to taper off on Friday, but we’ll still see two to four inches during the day on Friday," Zaff explained.

The storm will make the morning drive into work and school difficult expecting more accumulating snow Friday morning. 

“It’s going to be a pretty tricky commute because there will be heavy snow overnight. There’s quite a bit of water content. It will hard to shovel, hard to move around and hard to plow," Zaff warned. 

The Winter Storm Warning covers Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee Wyoming Counties which includes the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, Springville, Batavia, Medina and Warsaw.  

A Winter Storm Warning is posted for all of Western New York from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m.
Credit Photo from National Weather Service Buffalo

The region is no stranger to a March snow storm.  Last year, March 15, 2017, a storm moved into the Buffalo Niagara region, forcing schools to close and the Governor had declared a state of emergency.