Lake effect snow warnings are back

August 22, 2019 11:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Over a year ago the National Weather Service decided they would simplify things by making all winter weather-related warnings one type of warning.  A winter weather warning.

But due to public feedback, a few of the NWS offices including the one in Buffalo will be re-instating the Lake effect Snow Warnings on October 1.


“Basically out of our office here we handle several media markets, Rochester included, and we got feedback from several of those media markets that said people weren’t happy about them being gone," explained Mike Fries, the Warning Coordinator at the Buffalo NWS. "In addition, the emergency movement reached out to us and said we really like these because it got people to take action. “

So what will the difference be now between a lake effect and a winter storm warning?

“A winter storm warning essentially means everyone is going to get it, lake effect snow warning though means the snow will be very localized and tends to mean to people around here that the snow rates will be heavier than you would see with a winter storm warning," Fries explained.

So this coming winter you will see lake effect snow warnings once again here in Rochester. This does not change the way the warnings are sent out or the way you get them either.

If you have the News10NBC weather app you can get any warnings from the national service sent to your phone as soon as they are issued.


Robert Speta

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