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Lake-effect snow in snow belt as temperatures drop

Lake-effect snow has crept into the forecast.

But don’t blame Lake Erie, which is pretty much covered by ice.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a lake-effect snow advisory shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, after winds from the north started carrying streamers of snow from the Georgian Bay area of Canada and Lake Ontario.

As much as 6 inches of snow may fall in the higher elevations of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties before the advisory expires at 2 p.m.

“The snow is coming down there at an inch, an inch-and-a-half per hour,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the weather service.

Meanwhile, temperatures have taken a dive.

The temperature was 27 degrees at 6 a.m. outside the weather service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. By 10:30, it was down to 16.

Lows Friday night will dip to around zero.

“We’re going to be pretty chilly, pretty quickly,” meteorologist Kirk Apffel had predicted earlier Friday.

You can thank the latest clipper passing through our area, which dropped snow across the region Thursday. The official reading at the airport was 1.8 inches.

Friday night, winds from the northwest will make it feel like 10 below zero, Apffel said. A wind chill advisory, covering the same areas seeing lake-effect snow, takes effect at 4 p.m. Friday and runs through 9 a.m. Saturday.

There will be a brief rebound in temperatures Saturday, with a forecast high in the lower 20s under cloudy skies. There’s a chance of some snow showers Saturday night, with a low around 10.

A little more snow is in the forecast for Sunday, when temperatures are expected to dip again into the mid-teens.

And that’s it for “warm” weather in the foreseeable future.

“It really looks like it will be a cold pattern for the next week or so,” Apffel said. High temperatures will be below the average normal of 31.