Brisk winds & the cold air over us on this Wednesday, believe it or not, will turn even worse during the day Thursday & especially Thursday night & Friday. Little to no snow will fly for most through tonight, but after 7 or 8am a batch of snow will move in & be heavy at times with a reinforcing shot of Arctic air blowing in during the mid to late morning hours. Flurries & squalls will become more concentrated up near Lake Ontario as the afternoon progresses & the front moves away. About 1 to 3" of snow will likely fall for everyone Thursday, but several inches as depicted in the graphic above will pile up near the lake. Temperatures will fall from 15 to 20 in the morning back to near 10 by late in the day Thursday with winds sustained between 15 & 30, & gusts 30 to 40 mph! These winds will create significant blowing & drifting snow reducing visibility to near 0 at times even outside the falling snow right into early Thursday night. Wind chills average around -10 throughout Thursday, but at times will get down to -15 to -20 late Thursday through the start of Friday! Lake snows could be very significant in far Northern Orleans, Monroe & Wayne counties later Thursday afternoon through Thursday night & quite possibly lingering into Friday morning. Around & north of the Thruway snow accumulations will likely be minimal at best, with little to no accumulation expected for most.
A little snow will fly in advance of a cold front Saturday, & some more measurable snows will be probable Saturday night into Sunday morning with the help of lake enhancement/effect. Then we will focus our attention on a storm developing south early to mid next week. We'll see how much of an impact it actually has on us as we near & get into the weekend. Stay tuned.
Have a great night & stay warm bloggers!