Lake effect snow will start up again Thursday evening


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Snow will once again be focused south of the Buffalo metro area, but it won’t be as heavy as what came earlier this week.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — This week’s weather has already some of the most active we’ve seen yet this winter, and the pattern is going to stay busy up until the weekend.

The next storm system is gaining strength just west of Lake Superior. The center of the storm will stay well to the north of Western New York, but it will be strong enough to bring gusty winds, snow showers, and eventually another round of lake effect snow for Thursday and Friday.

The wind will already be noticeable by sunrise Thursday. Expect gusts ranging from 30 to 40 mph most of the day. A weak warm front will set off a few light snow showers Thursday morning, but most of the daylight hours should stay dry despite the breeze.

Later Thursday evening the wind will start to turn and conditions should once again come together for a round of lake effect snow. The most persistent snow bands are expected to stay in the Southern Tier and some of the Southtowns, nearly the same area that took the brunt of the snow Sunday night through Wednesday morning. 

This late-week round of snow is not expected to be as heavy or as long-lived. The greatest accumulations will be in the hills of southern Erie and Wyoming counties as well as the higher elevations of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. These areas could see 5 to 8 inches of snow over an 18-hour period. Lower elevation spots in these counties should expect 3 to 5 inches. 

Buffalo won’t be exempt from snow, but accumulations will be limited around the city. Expect a couple of bands to come through quickly and produce a total of 1 to 2 inches.

Lake effect snow will wind down starting around midday Friday. A few scattered showers will be leftover through the evening. Friday will be a breezy day again with cold gusts from the northwest of 30 to 35 mph. 

Wind and snow will take a break for the weekend, but both Saturday and Sunday will be cold with highs in the low to mid 20s.


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