Heavy Lake Effect Snow Later This Week in New York
Warm temperatures the last few weeks have melted away the snow in the lake effect snow belts. With cold air headed into the Northeast later this week, the lake effect snow machine will fire back up with heavy accumulations. Winter Storm Watches have already been issued around both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
1 to 2 feet of snow is possible for the areas that see the strongest and most persistent snow squalls. The snow is expected to start on Wednesday and continue through Friday. The wind direction will start from the west-southwest, favoring the Buffalo and Watertown areas.
The National Weather Service notes that Lake Erie typically will perform slightly better than Lake Ontario in southwest to west- southwesterly flow scenarios. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 feet of snow is likely for many locations in the Buffalo metro area south to the Boston Hills and into Genesee and Wyoming Counties. Locally 2+ feet is possible for locations in the Buffalo Southtowns. For Lake Ontario, 1 to 1.5 feet of snow is possible for much of the Watertown/Fort Drum area, with some locally higher amounts possible across the northern Tug Hill.
Water temperatures are warm for December in the Great Lakes, with some areas as warm as 50 degrees in Lake Erie. As the cold air pushes down over the lakes, the lake effect bands will begin to form. Air temperatures will be significantly colder, around 30 degrees at the surface and near 10 degrees at cloud level. The
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels