Winter Storm Watch issued for later this week for most of WNY

ERIE COUNTY, NY— With the first significant snowfall of the season now in the forecast numerous Erie County departments are preparing to face the oncoming winter weather. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz will join Commissioner of Public Works Bill Geary, Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Dan Neaverth, Jr., Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, Executive Director of NIITEC Athena Hutchins, and Elizabeth Carey of AAA of WNY today, Tuesday November 15 at 2:30 PM to discuss preparations for the upcoming weather, what motorists and residents should be aware of, and other winter weather-related information.

There is a growing chance of an impactful lake effect snow event Thursday through Sunday for portions of Western New York.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for Northern  Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming counties from Thursday evening through Sunday evening.

A Winter Storm Watch for Southern Erie county from Wednesday evening through Sunday evening.

This is to account for the chance for multiple lake effect snow bands that could develop and bring heavy snow. 1-2 feet of snow, at least, could fall during this timeframe and lead to travel impacts.

A favorable weather pattern will develop by the end of the week that could cause a prolonged period of cold air over a warm Lake Erie. The lake is currently quite warm and just measured a record warm temperature for the date Sunday at 55 degrees. The temperature difference between the warm lake and cold air, plus a favorable wind direction reinforced by several systems passing to the north of Buffalo, could allow for several bands of lake effect snow showers to develop between Thursday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service reported that one to two feet of snow or more is possible in persistent lake effect snow bands. However, there is significant uncertainty about where lake effect bands will be, but multiple periods of heavy snow are possible. This includes the Buffalo metro area.


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