Lake-effect snow season ramps up over Great Lakes

Frederick Owens
December 11, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for parts of Western New York.

The season's first major snow event is expected to roll into the region this evening and dump lake-effect snow through Wednesday afternoon.

The north county took the brunt of Thursday's lake effect snow storm.

Lake-effect snow warnings and winter weather advisories are in place through Monday morning for the Buffalo Southtowns through the Pennsylvania border, and Oswego, Jefferson, and Lewis counties, including Watertown, as the lake serve to enhance a broad area of light snowfall across the region. Cleveland could be looking at up to 5 or 6 inches, but I'll have a more accurate update out Monday for overall snow accumulations through Wednesday across all of Northeast Ohio.

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After a mainly quiet and cold Monday, snow will move in from the west after 9 or 10 Monday evening ahead of an intensifying clipper sliding in from the west. The weather service said accumulation will be most persistent Sunday afternoon. Moderate to heavy lake effect snow is possible at times.

Wind gusts could reach about 30 miles per hour, according to the weather service.

But some 6 to 10 inches could fall over Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties from Sunday morning to late Sunday night, and travel conditions may be hard, the Weather Service said.

Another blast of even colder air will keep highs in the 20s on Wednesday with lows in the teens.

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