Hamilton Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Lake Effect Snow Warning
Statement as of 5:20 PM EST on November 20, 2014

...Lake effect snow warning remains in effect until 10 am EST Friday...

* locations...northern Herkimer and Hamilton counties.

* Hazard types...heavy lake effect snow.

* Snow accumulations...8 to 16 inches across northern Herkimer County...with 6 to 12 inches for portions of Hamilton County.

* Maximum snowfall rates...1 to 2 inches per hour at times.

* Timing...an intense lake effect snow band is expected to gradually drift southward across northern Herkimer and western Hamilton counties tonight. This lake effect snow band will impact the area much of tonight with heavy snowfall...before shifting further southward and weakening on Friday.

* Impacts...snow covered roads and poor visibility within lake effect snow bands.

* Winds...west 10 to 20 mph with occasional gusts up to 30 mph.

* Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times within the most intense snow bands.

* Temperatures...teens tonight to mid 20s on Friday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A lake effect snow warning means significant amounts of lake- effect snow are forecast that will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Lake-effect snow showers typically align themselves in bands and will likely be intense enough to drop 1 to several inches of snow per hour for several hours. Visibilities vary greatly and can drop to zero within minutes. Travel is strongly discouraged for tonight. Commerce could be severely impacted. If you must travel tonight...keep an extra flashlight...food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.