Wyoming County is under a winter storm warning on Friday. At the same time, Genesee, Livingston, and Orleans counties are under winter weather warnings as the region prepares for several inches of snow through Saturday. Rain this afternoon will turn to snow later in the day and into the evening, with widespread snow likely tonight. The National Weather Service stated in a prediction discussion this morning that several inches of wet snow would build by dawn Saturday, with more accumulations predicted as the day progresses.
What The Officials Had To Say?
The heaviest accumulations will be visible from the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier to the Lake Ontario region. Snowfall levels will range from two to four inches overnight, with four to six-inch accumulations likely in the advised regions. According to the Weather Service, accumulations are strongly connected to elevation, as is commonly the case in both early and middle season synoptic storms. For Wyoming and southern Erie counties and the western Southern Tier, a winter storm warning will take place Friday to Saturday.
Snowfall will be heavy, with total stockpiles of five to ten inches forecast. According to the NWS, gusts of up to 45 mph are possible. Traveling might be a challenge. Blowing snow might impair visibility significantly, according to the National Weather Service. On Saturday, temperatures may drop into the 20s during the day. The Weather Service reported wind chills in the single figures to around zero. For Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and northern Erie counties, a winter weather advisory for the winter storm warning will be in force from 7 p.m. today through 6 p.m. Saturday. According to the Weather Service, snow heaps of 3 to 6 inches are forecast, with winds blowing as high as 45 mph.
The set-up for the winter storm warning
Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties will be under a separate winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. According to the Weather Service, total snow heaps of 4 to 8 inches are forecast, with gusts gusting as high as 45 mph. Wind chills that are in the single digits. Snowfall will cause roads to cover up in the snow, and visibility will reduce. Prepare for slick road conditions. Visibility will reduce in areas where snow is blowing. The Weather Service recommends that drivers slow down and drive cautiously.
Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca, and Yates counties will be under a winter weather advisory starting at 10 p.m. tonight. The warning will remain in force until Saturday at 7 p.m. According to the Weather Service, steady snowfall rates of roughly 1 inch per hour are possible late tonight through Saturday early.