Wednesday, February 3, 2021


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Wyoming Cty. Winter Storm Watch:
First of Two Gorgeous Winter Days

Brisk winds keep the East Shoreline Old Glory flying
straight out 
as a reminder of "fun things" to come!
One Ice Fisherman on Silver Lake's south today.
GAF Photo Source: Courtesy of Silver Lake Institute

This dry and sunny stretch mid-week will be short lived, quickly replaced by the next winter storm system moving in to Western New York for Friday. We can thank surface high pressure for the bright sunshine and calm weather Wednesday and Thursday. But, don't let this quiet stretch fool you. The next weather system could bring winter storm-like conditions Friday.

Another area of low pressure will traverse across the upper Great Lakes late this week. Instead of going farther east and becoming a Nor'easter, this one will stay north of Western New York, keeping the region on the warm side of the system. This will allow for a wintry mix of rain, wet snow showers and gusty winds. That combination would lead to typical, winter travel impacts such as snowy or slick roads, blowing snow and reduced visibility Friday.

As this system moves out, winds could shift to become aligned with both Lake Erie and Ontario Saturday. This wind shift, plus much colder air and the fact that Lake Erie isn't frozen, there is growing confidence in a strong round of lake effect snow as this storm pulls away.

A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect Friday afternoon for Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties. The most persistent lake effect bands could produce over 9 inches of snow during that time. Wind gusts to 45 mph may also cause significant blowing and drifting as well as very low visibility on the roads and other open areas.

While it's too early to tell exactly where the heaviest lake effect bands could develop, plan on there being heavy snow accumulations for the traditional snowbelts northeast of Lake Erie. This includes the Buffalo metro area. Buffalo's Channel 2 (WGRZ.com) will carry the latest updates on this storm.
Courtesy of Channel 2 on the Spectrum system

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