Lake effect snow lingers across southern tier

Blizzard warnings dropped

WBEN Newsroom
February 28, 2020 - 3:00 am
NOAA Buffalo

NOAA Buffalo


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -  Lake effect snow continues to plague parts of the southern tier of Western New York but has yet to organize into any intense bands that have targeted any one location. 

The advisories for the Buffalo metro area have been canceled and blizzard warnings have been replaced with lake effect snow warnings through mid-morning Saturday for the southern tier.

"Thursday was cold enough and the lake was wide open, but dry air in the atmosphere kept lake effect from organizing South of Buffalo", says National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh.

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The above map is the latest snow total forecast through Saturday for the region.

AccuWeather forecasters note lake-effect snow activity typically diminishes by late February as the ice coverage across the lakes increases. Normally, about 40 percent of the lakes are covered by this point of the season, but with a mild winter so far across the region, ice coverage was only a meager 9 percent as of Feb. 24.

Forecasters said the Tug Hill Plateau east of Lake Ontario could see 3 to 4 feet of snow by Saturday. Rare blizzard warnings were in effect in 11 upstate counties, including Erie.


* WHAT...Heavy lake effect snow and areas of blowing snow. Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 11 inches in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

* WHERE...Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties.

* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

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