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Lake Effect Snow Could Bring up to 50″ to Parts of New York

24 Dec 2017, 2:42 pm

Even for upstate New York’s lofty snow standards, this is a lot of fresh powder.

Snow plow operators in New York’s southern suburbs of Buffalo and the Tug Hill Plateau will have their hands full this week, as the lake effect snow machine could churn out over four feet of snow in some parts of the Empire State.

With cold winds moving over the relatively warm lake waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, snow will be measured by the yard stick in some of the most lake effect-prone spots, including Buffalo’s southern suburbs and the Tug Hill Plateau, which is near Watertown and Oswego, New York.

The snow bands will start to set up in earnest following a system moving through on Christmas Eve. Behind this first system, the cold air will move through, and it’s the cold air contrasting with the warm lake waters that will set up the consistent bands of snow off the lakes. With a relatively consistent wind direction and cold air mass, the snow should stay consistent over the course of the next few days.

Elsewhere, cities like Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in New York along with Erie, Pennsylvania and Cleveland, Ohio could all see as much as a foot of snow through the same time period.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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