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Tuesday, November 18

Localized lake effect at it's best!

Written by: Bob Metcalfe

Chances are that by now (11:30AM Tuesday) most of us have seen snow at some point or another over the course of the past 24 hours. However, some have seen MUCH more than others. From Sodus to Fairhaven over in eastern Wayne county there has been reports of over 8" in some spots! Compare that to just a dusting up to at most two inches in other spots through Wayne, Monroe, and Orleans counties, all of which share lake-front property. Advisories as of 11:30 AM Tuesday are pictured at left, most continuing into Wednesday morning.

Let me say that our weather setup right now is quite adequate for these small areas of decent accumulations. In earlier posts here on our blog, we mentioned that a north or northeast wind is the "perfect" set-up for truly impressive lake effect snow across the Greater Rochester region, and that is exactly what we have for the remainder of the day today through early Wednesday morning.

Although all of the area is likely to see snow at some point today and tonight, the "hot spot" will continue to lie in the eastern half of Wayne county, where several more inches (4-6") are likely by Wednesday morning. Compare that to just 1-2" possible in the areas not directly hit by the strongest bands of snow.

For those readers from the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes: Usually you are excluded from the worst of the lake effect snow when we draw a northwest wind, however this event will give you a few inches to dust off the car as well. Just a reminder to all... Drive Safe!

We would also like to remind you that we have a Winter Weather special airing this Saturday, November 22 at 7:30PM on News 8. We are excited to present it to you and have been working hard the past few months to compile what we think will be a very beneficial half-hour program addressing all things winter-weather here in western New York. Expect to learn about the specifics of watches/warnings, a look back at the worst winter storms of all-time, and how to prep for the upcoming cold season (if you haven't done so already!) But we'll save the best for last: Our 2008-2009 Winter Preview will conclude the show, with our snowfall forecast and overall "temperature" forecast. We hope to see you then!

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