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What to expect in the next 36 hours: Snowy Saturday and clear Sunday

A winter weather advisory is now in effect until 10 p.m. for Niagara County. An advisory for Northern Erie County continues through 1 a.m.

Niagara and northern Erie counties were forecasted to get about 3 to 5 inches of snow — with much of that having already fallen over a two-hour period between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday.

Five inches were recorded shortly before 7 p.m. at the Greater Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga.

"In the Buffalo area, the snow has tapered off. Including the snow this morning, we got 5 inches — 4 inches from that heavy band and another inch from the morning," said Kirk Apffel, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at the Buffalo airport.

"Lake-effect for the Buffalo metro area is all done," Apffel added.

According to a public information statement put out by the National Weather Service, the Tonawandas saw about 7 inches of snow, while 2.5 inches were recorded in Buffalo, and 2 inches in Williamsville.

Here's what the National Weather Service office in Buffalo is forecasting for the next 36 hours:


Visibility was expected to be impaired as heavy snow is whipped around by gusty winds. Watch for some thunder and lightning, too.

"Thunder is possible tonight as the lake bands become organized and gain the best fetch off the lake," the weather service said.

For the Southtowns and Wyoming County, the advisory starts at 7 p.m. and is calling for 4 to 7 inches of snow.

The lake-effect snow band will settle in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties where a lake-effect snow warning will go into effect tonight at 7 p.m.

Here's the weather service warning for those areas:


Forecasters said the lake-effect snow will likely remain in the western Southern Tier and maybe southern Erie and Wyoming counties into Saturday morning.

Total accumulations could approach 10 inches, forecasters said.

In the Buffalo metro area, there's a 40 percent chance of snow showers with highs in the upper 20s.

For Saturday's 11 a.m. commissioning of the USS Little Rock at Canalside, forecasts call for a temperature of 24 degrees with a wind chill of 13. It'll be mostly cloudy with a chance for snow.


No precipitation is currently forecast for Sunday in the Buffalo metro area.

"Honestly, Sunday looks like a dry day. It's going to be mostly cloudy, but no precipitation, and a little bit warmer with the high temperature in the mid-30s," said Apffel.

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