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What to expect in the next 36 hours: Deep freeze lingers, possible lake-effect snow Friday

The bitter cold continues today while a lake-effect snow watch is posted for southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

Here's what to expect in the next 36 hours – and beyond:


It's going to be another bitterly cold day today across the region. The high for the Buffalo metro area is a mere 11 degrees today with an overnight low of 4.

But don't complain, Watertown got down to minus-32 last night, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly.

Weakened lake-effect snow bands are lingering north and south of the metro area. An inch or two of snow is forecast for Niagara and Orleans counties and 1 to 3 inches is expected across the Chautauqua Ridge, with higher amounts in the most persistent bands.

Overnight, the Buffalo area could see some light snow showers.


The forecast high is 18.

The morning hours will bring a light, widespread snow to the area.

But in the Southtowns and Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, there's the possibility of another lake-effect event.

The National Weather Service issued a lake-effect snow watch through Saturday evening. Ten to 20 inches of snow could fall in the most persistent bands, which Kelly said is likely to be concentrated along the Chautauqua Ridge but "it's kind of nudging into the Southtowns." The heaviest snow is expected Friday afternoon through Saturday, which could make for some challenging conditions at the USA vs. Canada outdoor game in the World Junior Championship scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

Final decision on World Juniors outdoor game to be made Thursday

Officials met today and decided that the game would go on as planned.


Another high of 18 is expected, along with some widespread snow in the Buffalo metro area and possible lake-effect snow in the Southtowns and Southern Tier.

New Year's Eve

It's going to be especially cold outside. It's going to be right around zero when the ball drops at the Electric Tower at midnight.

"The record for New Year's Eve is zero," Kelly said. That was set in 1970.




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