Lake effect snow

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will remain in place today for much of the region--including the city of Buffalo--however, the majority of the accumulation is likely to be seen in Southern Erie and Northern Chautauqua counties. "That snow band is going to remain nearly stationary through the morning commute and into the early afternoon before heading south toward the Southern Tier," said meteorologist Heather Kenyon at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Snow totals this season have been below average to this point, but Kenyon expects that to change in the coming days.

A High Wind Warning is now in effect across Western New York and continues through 10:00 Monday morning.

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Like real estate and restaurants, location matters when it comes to lake effect snow in Western New York. While Niagara and Orleans Counties are expected to see little or no snow Friday, it's  a drastically different story in Buffalo and locations south of the city. The National Weather Service reported snow fall rates at nearly three inches per hour earlier Friday morning in some locations and more activity is expected to move throughout the region later Friday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. 

Another winter blast & lake snows

Jan 24, 2019
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The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of Western New York for 1 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Saturday for Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee, and Wyoming counties.

For those making the workday commute this morning, it could be a harrowing drive as strong winds combine with lake effect snow to create poor conditions. Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service says that band will move south from Buffalo this morning and dump heavier snow in Southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. He also expects Thanksgiving temperatures to hover in the low twenties. The record low for Thanksgiving of 22-degrees occurred in 1903 and 1938.

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Despite forecasts of bitter cold, Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop will go on as scheduled Sunday in Roosevelt Square downtown.

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The on and off again lake effect snow that has been falling in Buffalo for the past week has finally ended.

In modifying its forecast, the National Weather Service is now predicting significant lake effect snow for later this afternoon and tonight.  Buffalo, along with parts of Northern Erie and Genesee counties, will be under a winter weather advisory from 4 pm until 1 am Thursday. A lake effect snow warning begins tonight for areas south of the city.

A burst of lake effect snow hit the Metro Buffalo region for a time Saturday night. The bands have since moved back south into ski country.

While snow in January is typical for Western New York, the duration of this weekend's Lake Effect Snow Warning is unusually long. The warning, which began Thursday afternoon, continues through 7pm Sunday for Southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties. A Lake Effect Snow Watch has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee Counties for most of Saturday.

One more day of lake effect, then warming trend

Jan 8, 2017

Lake effect snow continues to fall in areas well south of Buffalo.

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As Buffalo braces for its next dose of snow following the city’s first major lake effect storm, officials say plows are ready and traffic conditions should be better, compared to Wednesday afternoon’s gridlock.

Lake effect snow is expected to return to Buffalo today, though it is not likely to cripple traffic as was the case during the Wednesday afternoon commute. Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service believes the city will see another inch to three inches of snow, with heavier snowfall hitting parts of Niagara and Orleans Counties.

Winter Weather Advisory for 3 to 5 inches of snow

Dec 11, 2016

All of Western New York is under a winter weather advisory. It takes effect at 1:00 Sunday afternoon and continues through 7:00 Monday morning.

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Snow will continue to accumulate in areas across Western New York over the weekend.

Lake snow accumulates in ski country

Nov 20, 2016

The first significant snowfall of the season is affecting parts of Western New York. Steady and persistent lake effect snow fell early Sunday in ski country where a lake snow warning continues through Monday morning for up to a foot of snow.

What is "lake effect" snow?

Nov 18, 2016

The National Weather Service says the season's first lake effect snow is likely this weekend. That could be a harsh beginning to winter.

In the Great Lakes region, the effect kicks in when dry arctic air speeds over large expanses of warm water.

Information on how to protect yourself from winter weather and where to find various services is available on Erie County's Winter Storms & Extreme Cold website.

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The National Weather Service has issued Lake Effect Snow Warnings for much of Western New York Tuesday. 

Winter has arrived in Western New York with a combination of lake-effect snow warnings and advisories in effect for various parts of Western New York. 

Colder temperatures to usher in lake effect snow

Jan 10, 2016

Western New York will receive its first sustained taste of winter this week.

Lake effect snow and cold forecast for WNY

Jan 3, 2016

Much of Western New York will be hit by lake effect snow Sunday.

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Buffalo's official snowless streak is over. The National Weather Service says the season's first measurable snow was recorded at the airport weather station Friday night.

Lake snow moves into Southern Tier

Nov 22, 2015

Parts of Western New York are getting their first taste of winter weather.

Lake-effect snows hammer southtowns

Nov 18, 2014
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Heavy Lake Effect snows hammered areas south of Buffalo overnight. It has  been an extremely difficult Tuesday morning for some motorists who have been literally stranded on the Thruway.

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Winter weather is likely to make headlines again this week across Western New York.

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After another night of bitter cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills, milder temperatures will arrive Saturday.

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The National Weather Service is reporting that a record setting snowfall blanketed Buffalo and Western New York on Saturday.

Snow and some of the coldest temperatures "in years" will arrive in Western New York tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

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Western New York saw it first significant snow of the season on Saturday.

Lake effect snows brought several inches of accumulation to regions where persistent snows are common. Locations in Allegany County measured 4 inches of snow, and South Dayton in Cattaraugus County reported 5 inches of accumulation.

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ffect snow is being forecast through the next 24 hours.