BUFFALO – More snow is expected to be moving into the area Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from 7 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. on Friday.
According to forecasters, the area could see anywhere from 5 to 9 inches of snow tonight and into Thursday morning, with an additional 3 to 6 inches predicted for Thursday and 2 to 4 inches for Thursday night into Friday morning. The overall snow totals for the most persistent Lake Snow areas is anywhere from 9 to 18 inches.
In addition to the snow, windy conditions are also expected, with wind speeds reaching 20 to 30 MPH and some gusts has high as 40 mph.
The wind will create blowing and drifting snow on some area roadways and, combined with the cold temperatures, it will also create a wind chill of 5 to 10 degrees below zero.
Residents and motorists are reminded that lake effect snow conditions can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you will be traveling across the region prepare for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.