JAMESTOWN – As advertised, lake effect snow has setup shop off Lake Erie and has been impacting the Buffalo metro area through the day. That band will jog southward and settle into the Southern Tier and Northwestern Pennsylvania through the day and will remain over the area through Friday.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo maintains the Winter Weather Advisory for Lake Effect Snow for the Southern Tier until 10 a.m. Thursday morning. The Weather Service in State College has extended that Advisory into Warren County, running through 9 a.m. Thursday.
There is now a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie County, PA issued by the National Weather Service in Cleveland, running through 10 a.m. Thursday.
Lake effect snow started to setup last night near Buffalo and has been impacting the metro area since then. The band has started to jog a little bit to the south and it will continue working its way southward with time. The band will also become a bit more intense through the day, mainly tatting the higher hills of the region. Highs today 29 to 35 with a healthy west wind gusting to near 30 MPH at times. Daytime snow accumulation will range between 1 to 3 inches, with the lower elevations receiving the least.
Lake effect snow will continue tonight with accumulations between 2 to 4 inches lower elevations, up to 6 to 7 inches on the hills. Wind could also gust up to 35 MPH at times, leading to some limited blowing and drifting snow. Morning lows 26 to 33.
Not much changing in the weather department for Thursday. Lake snow will continue through the day but will likely start to fall apart and weaken through the late morning hours into the afternoon. While the heaviest of the snow will likely end, some pockets of lake effect will still continue in spots. Some areas should pick up an additional 1 to 3 inches. Highs 28 to 33. Wind gust could still reach up to 30 MPH at times.
Lake effect will hang around in pockets on Friday with the winds still breezy out of the west. Highs will be lower 30’s.
When we’re all set and done, storm totals will likely range between 6 to 9 inches on the highest hills of the Southern Tier and Northwest PA, 3 to 5 across the lower elevations, and 2 to 4 further eastward.
We’ll dry out for the day on Saturday but highs will be held down into he mid to upper 20’s, despise some partial sunshine.
A brief changeover in the upper air pattern will start a warming trend on Sunday lasting through early next week. Temperatures will be in the lower to mid 40’s with rain showers returning on Monday and Tuesday.
However as stated, the warmup will likely be brief. Highs on Tuesday will occur early in the day and fall through the afternoon. Colder air will likely return on Wednesday and last through the remainder of the week.
WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.