Lake Effect snows: Warning extended

Feb 2, 2013

A Lake Effect snow warning for northern Erie and Niagara Counties has been extended until 1 a.m. Sunday. 

An additional two to four inches in of snow is expected in the persistent lake snow band Saturday evening.

Snow and blowing snow will create poor visibility on the roads, down to a quarter a mile at times.   Heavy Lake Effect snow will result in very difficult travel.

Blowing snow causes poor visibility on area roadways
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley
Residents digging out Saturday morning in metro Buffalo from heavy Lake Effect snows
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Residents dug out in metro Buffalo Saturday.   Snow plows are working to clear the main streets and private snow plow operators are working to clear residential property.    

Intense bands of Lake Effect snow continued across extreme Northern Erie and Niagara Counties Saturday morning.

As of 10 a.m.  the National Weather Service said the axis of the heaviest snows were over Grand Islandto Niagara Falls, stretching over Sanborn, Pendleton to Lockport and Gasport.

Snowfall rates as high as two to three inches per hour were occurring in those areas.   The heavy snow was causing white out conditions at times.  Drivers are being warned to take be careful in their travels.  

National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Hamilton told WBFO News Friday that "it looks like metro Buffalo will get its shot of snow during the day Saturday."

A  Lake Effect Snow Watch is posted for southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Orleans counties from Sunday evening until Tuesday morning.  Those areas could receive another five to ten inches of new snow fall.

The Lake Effect snows across the city of Buffalo set a daily record for snowfall Saturday.  Buffalo recorded 7.6 inches Saturday afternoon.  That amount  breaks the old record of 7.1 inches set back in 1990.