BUFFALO The National weather service has issued a lake effect snow warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Erie Counties from early Wednesday afternoon until late Friday afternoon.
Forecasters say accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected for Wednesday, another 2 to 4 inches are expected for Wednesday night, with as much as 6 to 12 inches expected for Thursday and 4 to 7 inches predicted for Thursday night. Finally another 1 to 2 inches could fall on Friday. This will lead to total storm accumulations of 1 to 2 feet in the most persistent lake snow areas.
In addition to the snow, the national weather service has also issued a wind advisory from 10 a.m. Wednesday until 1 a.m. Thursday for all of Western New York. Winds will have speeds between 25 and 35 MPH, with gusts reaching has high as 50 MPH.
As a result of the snow and wind, visibility will be near zero with some whiteout conditions at times. This will create difficult travel conditions in some areas, with poor visibility and deep snow cover on roadways.
Motorists are advised to use caution and give themselves extra time to get to their destination.