The city of Buffalo should see its first significant snowfall from late Saturday into Sunday morning, and more snow should arrive for the afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a lake effect snow advisory from 11 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. The greatest amount of snowfall is expected in areas closest to Lake Erie, from South Buffalo into the Southtowns.
The city of Buffalo will potentially get two to three inches by Sunday morning, said Steve Welch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Then, starting late Sunday morning, more snow will fall on a more widespread basis, probably in the three to four inch range throughout the day and into Monday morning, Welch said.
The Bills host the Steelers in Orchard Park at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Fans should expect to see some snow during the game, and experience lower game-time temperatures -- in the 30s -- than they have been accustomed to this year, Welch said.
The Southern Tier was already hit by a snowstorm in the past few days, and the totals have piled up. The weather service said the storm had dumped 36 inches of snow in Springville by Saturday afternoon, and 33 inches in East Concord. About 36 inches had fallen in Cattaraugus, and about 30 inches in Sinclairville, in Chautauqua County. A tractor-trailer on a snowy Interstate 86 near Bemus Point on Saturday morning forced a detour for westbound traffic. No one was reported injured in the accident.
The Southern Tier should expect to get another four to eight inches from Saturday night into Sunday morning, and then about four to five inches with the second round of snowfall from late morning into Monday morning, Welch said.
Looking further ahead, National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said some really cold air is on its way to the region in the second half of next week. By Thursday and Friday, temperatures will dip into the teens, and it will be windy, too, with the wind chill below zero.
"It will definitely be the coldest air we've seen this season so far," he said.
More lake effect snow is on the way later next week, but it's too early to say where or how much, Hitchcock said.