JAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie Counties until 5 AM on Saturday.
Snow will continue in pockets throughout the day today and tonight, with some of that snow becoming moderate to heavy at times.
We are expecting an additional 3 to 6 inches on top of what we already have, with 7 to 9 inches possible along higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge and Boston Hills.
The winds will also be a factor in this as well, which will blow around loose and falling snow, reducing visibilities, and making driving quite hazardous.
The snow begins to wind down later tonight into Saturday, with just a few lighter snow showers at times otherwise, some breaks of sun.
Looking past today, there is no sign of warmer temperatures anywhere in sight (average high is 40). It looks like we will stay below average for the foreseeable future.
First Defense Forecast:
Today: On again, off again snow showers. Some of the snow could be moderate to heavy in intensity. Remaining chilly, with a high of 27 in the valleys, to 32 at the lakeshore. West wind averaging 13 to 18 MPH. Chance of snow 100%. Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches likely; higher amounts on the hills.
Tonight: Moderate to heavy snow times. Begins to taper off in the wee morning hours. Lows 20 to 24. West wind 8 to 17 MPH. Chance of snow 80%. Average accumulation of 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher totals on the hills.
Saturday: Partly Cloudy. Chance for a few snow showers, especially in the morning. Highs 27 to 32. West wind of 6 to 14 MPH. Chance of snow 30%. Less than an inch of new snow accumulation. (Spring forward 1 hour at 2:00 AM Sun)!
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 33.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Chance for snow showers. High 34. Chance of snow 40%.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Snow showers in the afternoon. High 33. Chance of snow 50%.
Wednesday: Chance for snow showers. Partly sunny. High 32. Chance of snow 30%
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 36.