Lake effect snow fades tonight; Winds pick up, reduced visibility at times

Snow in the metro will continue through the early evening until conditions become a bit less favorable for lake effect.  Additional accumulation will be in the 1-2″ range before coming to an end which will make snow totals climb close to 6″.  An increasing southwest wind will be primary concern by later tonight into Thursday.  Later today, and into Thursday, the gusty wind will result in a bitter wind chill along with considerable blowing and drifting of the fresh powdery snow. 

Thursday lake effect snow will once again develop for areas like the Buffalo metro. Another 1-2″ over the course of the day is expected. Winds will be strong once again with through most of the day. That will once again reduce visibility around the area and blowing and drifting snow will become an issue. By Thursday night, the weather will quiet down.

Overall, a quiet weather pattern will dominate the last half of the week along with varying amounts of cloudiness as temperatures slowly warm toward the weekend.  The warming continues into this weekend.  An approaching storm will start to produce some precipitation getting into Sunday night which may begin in the form of a wintry mix especially north of Buffalo, before changing to occasional rain showers on a windy and milder Monday.  Rain increases later Monday night into early Tuesday and then changes to snow showers during the afternoon as colder air sweeps back into the region.

TONIGHT: Becoming Windy, Bitterly Cold Wind Chill, Blowing and Drifting Snow in open areas, Lake Effect comes to an End, Low: 10-17, Wind: SW 15-25 G40.

THURSDAY: Quite Windy, Bitter Wind Chill, Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Some local snow showers and blowing snow at times, mainly early, additional 1-2″ around Buffalo possible, High: 22-26, Wind: WSW 15-25 G35, Low: 23.

FRIDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Breezy, Not as Cold, High: 34, Low: 30.

SATURDAY: Milder but still Breezy, Partly Sunny, High: 40, Low: 34.

SUNDAY: Mild, Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a Rain Shower developing, High: 42. Chance of Rain Showers overnight, possibly a wintry mix Buffalo-north, Low: 35.

MONDAY: Windy, Occasional Rain Showers, High: 47.  Rain increases by evening, Low: 31.

TUESDAY: Windy, Turning Colder, Morning Mixed Showers change to Snow Showers, High: 35, Low: 24.

WEDNESDAY: Rather Cloudy, High: 29.

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