First Alert Weather Update: Heavy lake snow continues west; much lighter amounts locally

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Our big lake effect event is well underway, and there’s light at the end of the snowy tunnel. So far, the big “winner” is Orchard Park, with over four and a half feet of snow reported, and more still coming down. In fact, the heavy snow will continue into the first part of the overnight, before that band lifts northward with a shift in the wind. This will move the heavier snow back north of the city of Buffalo, into Niagara County, and western Orleans County. Closer to home, some scattered snow showers will come to an end overnight, with nothing more than a fresh dusting to an inch for most. This will tend to keep any untreated surfaces slick, as temperatures will drop well into the 20s tonight. 

The weekend will be a chilly one, with any snow on Saturday mainly confined to western Orleans County, and some sun for us. We’ll hold in the lower 30s though, with a brisk wind. Another cold front drops south Saturday night, bringing a burst of snow and gusty wind. We may see another coating to a inch or two by Sunday morning, but the cold and wind will be the more noticeable result of this cold front. Highs on Sunday will hold in the 20s most of the day with a gusty wind and passing snow showers. Some more lake effect may develop off of Lake Ontario later Sunday, possibly bringing a few inches of lake fluff to communities north of Rochester and into northern Wayne County. Conditions in some towns won’t be great, and we’ll need to monitor for any changes for Sunday. 

If you have family or friends who are traveling for Thanksgiving, the weather leading up to the holiday look fantastic! Things may get more interesting on Friday and over the weekend, with a potential storm. We’ll keep  you posted.