Throughout the WNY and Upstate NY region Lake Effect Snow has continued.Lake snow off Lake Erie has been generally on the light side, but off Lake Ontario there has been some heavier totals.Off Lake Erie, areas like Colden,NY and Boston,NY have received about a fluffy three to five fresh inches of snow.Off lake Ontario places like Barnes Corner,NY and Sandy Creek,NY have picked up about ten inches.A few isolated spots on the Tug Hill Plateau have received about 15-20 new inches of fluffy snow.Lighter lake effect snow showers will continue throughout the night until morning.Westerly winds crossing directly across Lake Ontario earlier In the day were the result of this heavy lake snow.Now winds have become more northwesterly causing the lake snows to weaken.Northwesterly winds tend to brake the band of lake effect snow up to multiple bands.No doubt two to four inches of new snow is possible overnight.On Saturday there will be a general light snow as a low pressure system moves up from the Midwest and Ohio valley.Accumulation wont be heavy at all ,maybe one to three inches.After the low pressure system passes light winds from the southeast will create mostly sunny skies and no lake effect snow!(at least for a few days)
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Over the past few days there has been amazing lake effect snow that fell over parts of western and upstate New York.Places all over the WNY and Upstate NY region have come in with totals in the feet.Some places off Lake Erie in southern Erie county and northern Chautauqua county have received nearly 2 feet in Colden,NY and Boston,NY.Places off lake Ontario have received 3 feet or more do to the prevailing westerly winds blowing strongly directly across lake Ontario for several hours.Places over the Tug Hill Plateau such as Redfield,NY and Sandy Creek,NY have totals nearing 4 feet!Over the next few days lighter less persistent lake effect snow bands will cross the area.This lake effect snow could result in another 8-20 inches depending on the location and the velocity of the snow bands.By the time the lake effect snow machine finally shuts off sometime Sunday some areas in WNY could have about 4 feet of snow on the ground.Some spots in the upstate region of NY could have up to 6 feet of snow on the ground, especially over the Tug Hill Plateau where the elevation tends to greater their snow totals. After this event a brief warm up is expected across the region with temperatures approaching 45 degrees briefly on Tuesday.Late Tuesday night a sharp cold front is expected to cross the area brining a more January like return to winter with the possibilities for more lake effect snow.