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Lake-effect snow mentioned for the first time this season

At this point, Lake Erie's not in the discussion.

"Stay tuned," according to the National Weather Service.

For the first time of the season, "lake-effect snow" has found its way into the forecast discussion at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.


With a major hurricane churning in the Caribbean tracking northward, there's a lot of weather territory to be covered before early next week.

The exact storm track of Hurricane Matthew remains unclear. It could result in some heavy rain for portions of upstate New York, especially east of the Buffalo Niagara region over the weekend.

After a week of above-average temperatures in the 70s, the later end of the holiday weekend looks to become noticeably cooler, the weather service forecast shows.

Sunday's high might not get out of the 50s in Buffalo. That would be the first time that's happened in Buffalo since June 8.

Overnight lows will drop into the mid-40s, according to the forecast, with temperatures on Columbus Day also forecast to stay in the upper 50s.

The 10-year anniversary of the October Surprise Storm of 2006 is next Wednesday, Oct. 12.

A large tree limb rests on top of a van and blocks Ashland Avenue during a bizarre October snow storm late Thursday night, October 12, 2006. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

A large tree limb rests on top of a van and blocks Ashland Avenue during a bizarre October snowstorm late Thursday night, Oct. 12, 2006. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Heading into that storm, which crippled areas of Buffalo and much of its northern suburbs, there was a string of above-average warmth.

The storm, which dropped more than 22 inches of snow onto still fully leafed trees, downed thousands of them. With the falling trees, came the power lines.

Residents in some parts of the Town of Tonawanda and other northern suburbs of Buffalo were in the dark up to two weeks.


There was a string of above-average temperatures in early October 2006 heading into the October "Surprise" storm. (National Weather Service)



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