Turkey Trotters might be wise to throw on another layer of polypropylene for Thursday's big race down Delaware Avenue. But no one will have to wade through mounds of snow on the way to Thanksgiving dinner.
A blanket of snow covered Western New York overnight, as thick as about 6 inches in Niagara and Orleans counties, with 2 1/2 to 3 inches in the rest of the Buffalo area. But no heavy snow is expected for Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Weather Service.
Scattered snow showers are expected Thursday, with about 2 to 4 inches of lake-effect snow forecast for the Southern Tier and possibly the Southtowns. "Then the whole band might shift northbound into the Buffalo area tomorrow night and into Friday morning," National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Paone said today.
Light snow is forecast in Buffalo for the Turkey Trot, with the temperature close to 20 degrees for the 9 a.m. race start. That's quite a contrast from last year, when the temperature climbed to a high of 52 degrees on Thanksgiving.
"It's not going to be too windy, but it will be pretty darn cold tomorrow morning," Paone said.
While a heavy, wet snow blanketed parts of the Northeast late Tuesday and early today, disrupting some holiday travel, the weather picture was expected to improve later today, the big crunch day for Thanksgiving travel.