Saturday, December 26, 2020

Saturday News Briefs

SO FAR SILVER LAKE HAS AVOIDED THE PREDICTED SNOWS with some tracks receiving about an inch of snow (2" in drifts) while others only a dusting of snow. It should be noted that the original forecasts were for "Wyoming County, NY," but the forecast was changed overnight to "southwest Wyoming County." By late morning Saturday, the forecast was changed to "northwest Wyoming County." When they are specific as to which areas of the county will be affected, the accuracy is good. Most of the time, whatever is being forecast for Wyoming County--in general--misses Silver Lake because it is closer to the southeast section of Wyoming County and aligns closer to the neighboring county's forecast. While this type of pattern is quite evident, it is no guarantee as to whether or not Silver Lake will actually receive it, as forecast, or if it will be considerably less. SLDN encourages readers to be prepared for anything. If your track is experiencing snow amounts differently, call or email to report it so we can keep the coverage more complete. UPDATED 12/26/20; 11:35am.

WEATHER WARNING -- Logo for U.S. National Weather Service Lake Effect Snow Warning Start: 12:00 PM EST, Friday, December 25 End: 7:00 PM EST, Saturday, December 26 Source: U.S. National Weather Service ...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING... 
* WHAT... Heavy lake effect snow. Additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches in the most persistent lake snows. The heaviest snow will occur through mid afternoon. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. 
* WHERE... Northern Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming counties. 
* WHEN... Until 7 PM EST this evening. 
* IMPACTS...  Travel will be extremely difficult at times with deep snow cover on roads and very poor visibility. This includes much of the Buffalo Metro area and the NY Thruway. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities. 2pm 12-26-20

Special Weather Statement



2:19 PM EST, Saturday, December 26

4:15 PM EST, Saturday, December 26

Source: U.S. National Weather Service


At 212 PM EST, A narrow band of lake effect snow producing snow fall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour was located across the southern portions of the Buffalo northtowns, from Kenmore and Amherst to Clarence, and as far east as Pembroke and Oakfield in Genesee county. Expect the snowband to begin to settle southward across the Buffalo Metro toward the southtowns through 4 PM. Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this band of lake effect snow which will create blowing and drifting to the snow. A rumble of thunder is possible with the most intense portion of the snowband.
Locations impacted include... Buffalo, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, North Tonawanda, Clarence, Lackawanna, Batavia, Kenmore, Depew, Amherst, Tonawanda, Lancaster, Hamburg, East Aurora, Albion, Williamsville, Darien Lakes State Park, Grand Island, Evans and Elma.  
Conditions will deteriorate rapidly under this band of snow with visibilities under a quarter of a mile at times. Travel will be very difficult with deep snow covered roads. This includes Interstate 90 between exits 57 and 48. Other routes impacted include the 290 and the 190 from Grand Island southward ... as well as Route 5 from the Lake View to Batavia. 12-26-20, 2:20 pm. 

SUMMARY -- Based on the forecasts, it appears "the storm" may be over for Silver Lake, NY. 12-26-20, 5:15 pm.

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