JAMESTOWN – The milder temperatures and strong winds have opened parts of Lake Erie back up and a lake effect snow band has set up shop across the region today.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lake Effect Snow for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties until 10 PM this evening.
The High Wind Warning for Chautauqua County and the Wind Advisory for Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties remains in effect until 5 PM. While strongest of the winds are over, wind gusts could still reach 40 to 50 MPH at times.
After a midnight high of 57 at the Jamestown airport, temps have been falling throughout the day thanks to the passage of a Cold front that moved through during the wee hours of the morning. We will end the day in the teens for most areas with a cold and healthy wind.
Lake effect snow has setup across the Southern Tier with a west-southwest wind off Lake Erie. Accumulations will likely range between 2 to 4 inches through this afternoon, with some localized amounts possibly up to 5 inches.
Any lake effect will go to bed as we go throughout the night with just a few leftover snow showers for the overnight.
While we will see some nice sunshine on Saturday, another cold front will move through, although weaker, which will not help us
in the temperature department. We will be held down into the upper teens to lower 20s through the day.
Temperatures do begin to moderate next week with some snow showers also each and every day. However, we do not see sign of any major weather issues for the next 6 to 10 days. Take the rather calmer weather wheile we’ve got it.
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