JAMESTOWN – As we’ve been advertising, an intense winter storm will will come our way over the weekend bringing with it potentially hefty snow with bitterly cold temperatures and and dangerous wind chills.
The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for all of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, going into effect early Saturday and lasting through early Monday.
Snow will begin on Saturday from South to North. The snow will uptick in intensity throughout the day as the storm moves closer. The bulk of the heaviest snow will come Saturday night into Sunday as the storm churns close to the NY/PA line south of Binghamton.
As we talked about in the days leading up to this event, the close proximity of the storm to Western New York means we will be impacted by the heavier amounts of snow that are hugging closer to the center circulation.
Moderate to heavy snow will continue throughout the day on Sunday, finally winding down later Sunday into Monday as the storm pulls away up into New England.
When we are all set and done, we are looking a good 10 to 18 inches across the area with the lowest amounts near the Lake Erie shoreline and further north towards Lake Ontario.
There will also be a lot of blowing and drifting snow as winds really start to pick up Saturday out of the northwest with gusts upwards of 40 MPH. That will make traveling extremely difficult with near whiteout conditions at times.
To make matters even worse, that northwest flow will also usher in the coldest air so far this season. We will struggle to hit double digits both Sunday and Monday, with wind chill values 15 to 25 below zero as winds remain breezy.
We may see some Wind Chill Advisories or Wind Chill Warnings posted by the Weather Service on the back edge of this system. We will keep you updated if and when they do deicide to do that.
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