Potential for 'Very Impactful Weekend Storm'

Strong winds and lake effect snow Thursday

Tim Wenger
January 14, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Weekend Snow Storm



Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - "This could prove to be a very impactful weekend storm."  Those are the words of the forecasters at the National Weather Service as they look ahead to the potential for a winter storm that could arrive in the middle of the upcoming holiday weekend. 

The weekend snow will follow a round of gusty wind and lake effect snow that will first target Western New York Thursday.  Winter Weather Advisories are posted for the southtowns and southern tier Thursday when 4 to 7 inches of snow could call across that region with blowing and drifting snow.

Then, it's on to the weekend and round two of what will be the most impactful wintry weatherof the season.

"The weekend storm may bring the most substantial wintry precipitation of the season so far for parts of the Northeast", says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister. 

The storm system will make its way across the upper Midwest and arrive across the Buffalo and Western New York region during the daytime Saturday.  Accumulating snow is likely along with gusty winds that will lead to blowing, drifting and difficult travel conditions at times.

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Anderson says, "The heaviest snow looks like it’s going to be tracking across much of upstate New York….right now we’re looking at a general 6 to 12 inches of snow."  As for the duration of the snow event, Anderson adds, I think there's a three to four hour period that the snow’s going to come down very hard, travel conditions very slippery and very poor visibility during the day on Saturday."

After the snow on Saturday, the Buffalo area is not out of the woods according to forecasters.  A period of lake-effect snow and snow squalls is likely to follow the storm on Sunday across northern and western New York.  AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Myers cautions there will likely still be poor travel conditions Sunday.  "The New York Thruway east and west from Buffalo to Albany…still some more problems on Sunday lingering", Myers adds.

It's remarkable that we're looking forward to the first potential serious snow storm in Buffalo as late as mid-January, but it won't take long for you to remember it's winter in Western New York when the temperatures plummet next week. 

"Get ready for a cold week next week", says Anderson.

Stay tuned!


WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.

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

WHEN...From 1 AM to 6 PM EST Thursday.

IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning and or evening commutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Periods of snow will result in snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.

Winter Storm Arrival



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