Lake Snow Midweek, But How Much and Where?

Arctic cold rushes in after brief warm-up

Tim Wenger
December 08, 2019 - 3:04 am
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Better to be forewarned than surprised, right?  This is one of those weather stories with an asterisk on it that indicates it's too early to tell exactly how it will all play out, but there is enough indication that things are going to change that we think you'll want to be aware.

The remainder of the weekend is easy to take with moderating temperatures in the mid 40's for the Bills-Ravens game.  It gets wet Monday and into Tuesday with above freezing temps and rain expected.

The change all happens for Wednesday after an arctic cold front plows across the Western New York region Tuesday and those rain showers will quickly turn to snow. Winds will build across the area and turn westerly, fetching across the wide open water of Lake Erie.  And we all know what that means.

While forecasters are still predicting a 'significant' lake effect snow event, the intensity and duration of the snow is being questioned as the time frame draws nearer.  "The most favorable conditions are relatively brief and the bands will be in motion, which will limit the potential for heavy accumulations in any one location", say National Weather Service forecasters.  The difficult part of lake effect, as we all have come to know, is knowing exactly where the snow bands will target and how intense they will be.  Those details will only become clearer as we get closer to midweek.

So, as we always say around here, stay tuned!  We'll keep you updated.

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