... Lake effect snow warning remains in effect from 6 am Thursday
to 6 am EST Saturday...
* locations... Chautauqua... Cattaraugus... southern Erie... and
Wyoming counties. Greatest amounts across the higher terrain of
the Chautauqua ridge.
* Timing... from late tonight through late Friday night. Most
intense snowfall rates expected from late Thursday afternoon
through Thursday night.
* Accumulations... 3 to 5 inches Thursday... 6 to 12 inches Thursday
night... 5 to 8 inches Friday... and 3 to 5 inches Friday
night... leading to storm totals of 2 to 2.5 feet in the most
persistent lake snows.
* Winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph producing
blowing and drifting snow.
* Visibilities... less than a quarter mile at times.
* Impacts... heavy lake effect snow and areas of blowing snow will
lead to significant accumulations of snow on area roadways and
very poor visibilities at times... resulting in hazardous to
nearly impossible travel conditions at times within the most
intense portion of the band. If you must travel be prepared for
severe winter driving conditions with near zero visibility and
deep snow cover on roads. This includes the New York state
thruway from Hamburg to the New York/Pennsylvania state line.
In lake effect snow the weather can vary from locally heavy snow
in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you will
be traveling across the region be prepared for rapid changes in
Road and visibility conditions.
If you lose power and plan on running a generator... make sure
that the generator is located outdoors and is properly
ventilated. Space heaters should also be properly ventilated and
used only if they are operating properly. Make sure snow does not
block exhausts and fresh air intakes for high efficiency furnaces
and water heaters.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of
weather information for the latest updates. Additional details
can also be found at www.Weather.Gov/Buffalo.
Report snow accumulation to the National Weather Service in
Buffalo by sending an email to bufstorm.Report@noaa.Gov... posting
to the NWS Buffalo facebook Page... or tweet... using the hashtag
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