First Defense: Lake Snow Continues With Blizzard-Like Conditions At Times

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JAMESTOWN – Lake effect snow has developed early this afternoon with a robust west to northwest wind. The snow will become moderate to heavy in intensity with blizzard conditions at times with whiteouts and near zero visibility.

The National Weather Service maintains the Blizzard Warning for the entire Southern Tier until 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The Lake Effect Snow Warning for Erie and Crawford Counties continues until 6 p.m. Saturday while a Winter Weather Advisory for Warren County was reissued and extended until 6 p.m. this evening.

Lake effect snow will continue though the afternoon with moderate to heavy bursts at times. Additional accumulation through the afternoon will range between 1 to 3 inches. Highs 17 hills, 28 Lake Erie shoreline. Winds 15 to 35 MPH with gusts 40 to 50 MPH.

Heavy lake effect snow and strong wind will continue through the night. Accumulations 3 to 7 inches by morning. Lows 12 valleys, 20 lakeshore. Wind gusts could be upwards to 40 MPH, creating additional blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions.

While the lake effect bands and the winds will weaken somewhat for Friday, blowing snow will still be an issue through the early afternoon with gusts near 35 MPH. Lake snow accumulations ranging between 1 inch on the lowest elevations to 4 inches on the hills. Highs 16 to 25.

The lake snow will regenerate again Friday night into Saturday with moderate to heavy snow at times. Once again, blowing snow could still be a factor through the day on Saturday. Highs in the lower 20’s.

Lake snow cuts out for Sunday with partial sunshine at times. Highs near 30.

Heading into early next week, the pattern while flip once again, allowing for more milder air to come into Western New York once again. Highs will be hovering near 50 both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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