First Alert Forecast: Lake Erie squalls now in progress

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Lake snow has fired-up once again with significant squalls developing off Lake Erie tonight.  The New York State Thruway west of Rochester will see poor visibility at times with accumulating snow.  This narrow band of snow will vary from location to location through this weekend and if you are traveling to the west, be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. This squall will be moving to the south into the “south towns” (south of Buffalo) overnight and could have a significant impact on the Buffalo Bills game this evening. As a result, there is a lake effect snow warning for Genesee and Wyoming Counties. However, the impact on the Rochester area will be limited with most areas seeing less than an inch.

Tonight look for snow flurries and snow showers.  In the Rochester area, accumulation will be limited to less than an inch.  The low temperature will be in the middle 20s.  Sunday will bring a few breaks of sunshine and few snow flurries, with Lake Erie snow showers more frequent south of Routes 5 and 20.  The high temperature will be near 33 degrees.  Monday more clouds, lake flurries and snow showers.  Again, the temperature will be in the lower 30s.  Looks to be calm and quiet for Tuesday and Wednesday with breaks of sunshine.  Both days temperatures will be in the low to middle 30s.  We should note that the first official day of the winter season is Wednesday.

The News 10 NBC First Alert meteorologists will be watching for a possible storm developing by the end of the week.  Mixed precipitation changing to snow will be possible by Friday with wind and bitter cold heading into Christmas Eve.

Stay tuned to News 10 NBC First Alert for updates on the forecast.