Heavy snow and strong winds were pelting downtown Buffalo at about 11 p.m. but was expected to move out of the area by about 11:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.
— NWS Buffalo (@NWSBUFFALO) January 29, 2017
A band of lake-effect snow was pelting downtown Buffalo Saturday but was expected to make its way south quickly.
Winds whipping at over 30 mph and snow was falling at rates of a quarter to half inch per hour, making visibility poor.
"It's white out if you're in the middle of it," said meteorologist Bill Hibbert.
Here's a special weather statement put out tonight:
The snow band was expected to pass over the Buffalo metro area and drift southward.
The lake-effect band was expected to sweep over the Southtowns overnight.
By daybreak, the band is expected to settle over the Chautauqua Ridge and the Southern Tier by about daybreak.
In the Buffalo area, the highs will be in the upper 20s and the skies will be cloudy. A few flurries are possible.
Incidentally, the expected storm will span the calendar date of the 40th anniversary of the historic Blizzard of '77, which began at 11:35 a.m., Jan. 28, 1977.