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New York: Warning about heavy snow and high winds

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as two weather systems are forecast to impact the state this weekend, with lake effect snow in Western New York and the North Country today and a coastal snowstorm in New York City and Long Island on Sunday.

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In Western New York and the North Country, heavy lake effect snow and high winds will continue tonight with some areas seeing up to 18 inches of snow by tomorrow morning, especially areas northeast of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Winds gusting 40 to 45 mph will also result in blowing and drifting snow with near whiteout conditions at times, making travel difficult.

In New York City and on Long Island, a coastal low is expected to produce up to 9 inches of snow beginning late tonight and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

Travel in these areas will likely be affected by heavy snow conditions during the overnight and morning hours.

On Saturday, a low-pressure system drifting northward combined with cold air moving across the upper Great Lakes will continue to produce significant lake effect snow.

Strong winds will cause notable blowing and drifting snow, so travelers should be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and decreased visibilities.

A Lakeshore Flood Advisory has also been issued for Erie and Chautauqua counties until this afternoon.

Additionally, a coastal low is expected to bring 4 to 9 inches of snow to the New York City and Long Island area and last through Sunday.

The highest snowfall amounts are expected across eastern sections of Long Island, with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour during the heaviest of the snow and two inches per hour across the twin forks of Long Island.

Travel could be difficult at times in impacted areas from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Areas in the lower Mid-Hudson Region could also see 3 to 6 inches of snow, causing slippery road conditions.

An active weather pattern with additional weather systems is forecast to bring more opportunities for snow several times next week to various parts of the state.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings are issued for Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming counties through tonight and Winter Storm Warnings are issued for the New York City/Long Island area through Sunday afternoon.

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