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New Yorkers urged to prepare for lake-effect snow, warning in place

Staff Writer |
New Yorkers in Western New York, the Finger Lakes and the North Country to prepare for lake-effect snow moving across the state today into Friday.

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New Yorkers in these upstate regions should expect to see bands of lake-effect snow extending along a line from downtown Buffalo through the eastern suburbs and into much of Genesee County today. Snow totals will range from 4 to 7 inches with winds gusting over 30 mph resulting in poor visibility.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Friday for the Tug Hill and Watertown area where snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected.

Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will produce blowing snow and make travel extremely difficult. Drivers are being urged to travel with extreme caution as the system has the potential to create difficult road conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, the first of two cold fronts will push across upstate New York late this afternoon to early this evening, resulting in slick roadways across the region.

Snow showers are likely tonight in the Buffalo area before midnight, resulting in an inch or less of additional accumulation.

Towns south of Buffalo could see 1 to 3 inches of additional accumulation overnight.

Approximately 2 to 4 additional inches of snow is forecast in the traditional snow belt areas of southern Erie County and the western Southern Tier.

Moderate to locally heavy lake snows will be ongoing Thursday evening east of the lakes, likely positioned across the towns south of Buffalo and southwestern area off Lake Erie.

The intensity of the lake snows should lessen through Thursday night. Overnight temperatures are forecast in the low to mid-20s, but gusty winds could make it feel in the teens.

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