Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lake effect snow warning includes Genesee and Wyoming counties; winter weather advisory: Orleans

The winter storm watch that included Genesee and Wyoming counties has been upgraded to a lake effect snow warning. The warning, which will be in effect from 4 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, also includes Erie County.

Heavy lake effect snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 9 to 16 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will result in considerable blowing and drifting snow, and the Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands, the Weather Service said.**

This event appears to be centered on South Buffalo and the Southtowns and over the city of Buffalo much of the time as well. Stronger winds will push plume of lake snow into Genesee and Wyoming counties overnight Friday night into Saturday, with heavier snow as far Corfu, Attica and maybe Batavia, the forecast discussion said. Overall this snow band will produce 1-inch per hour snow rates with best chance of seeing 2-inch per hour rates later Friday night into Saturday morning, according to the Weather Service.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could affect the Friday evening commute, the Weather Service said. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities. Orleans County will also be under a winter weather advisory during the same period as the lake effect snow warning. Accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are expected in the most persistent bands with winds gusting to 40 mph.       Courtesy of Ben Beagle at the Daily News

** [Since Silver Lake's position in the southeast corner of the county often resembles the forecasts of Livingston County, this closing paragraph might hold more significance than the rest, although totally unofficial:] There are no advisories for Livingston County, where little to no snow accumulation is forecast for Friday night and less than a half-inch accumulation is expected on Saturday. Breezy conditions are expected Saturday, with gusts up to 31 mph, according to the Weather Service. [Only time will tell.]

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