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What to expect in the next 36 hours: Lake-effect snow

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


A fresh coat of fine snow fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport overnight leaving almost an inch on the ground, said Steve Welch, National Weather Service meteorologist. The Chautauqua Ridge and areas along the Lake Erie shoreline, like Ripley, Westfield and Dunkirk, can expect yet another five to 10 inches of snow, and that means some areas will see 12 to 20 inches of snow by the end.

And yes, it will affect Erie, Pa., which has surpassed 100 inches of snow already this season.

Across eastern Niagara and Orleans county, a separate band of lake effect snow is expected to bring three to five inches of snow, Thomas said.


The two lake-effect bands will continue to blanket areas north and south of the Buffalo metro area with two to four inches of new snow.

The metro area may see a dusting.

This is when a cold front comes to bring some of the coldest air we've seen this season.

New Year's Eve

A wind chill advisory goes into effect from 1 a.m. Sunday to 6 p.m. Monday with winds up to 10 mph forecast.

"With temperatures remaining in the single digits, any wind at all will make a difference," said Welch. "With the wind chill, it will feel like minus 10."

Sunday night going into Monday temperatures are dropping for many areas below zero, Welch said.

There's a chance of some snow showers, which could be flying when the ball at the Electric Tower drops at midnight.

The extreme cold prompted Village of Hamburg officials to cancel New Year's Eve Rock the Roundabout festivities.

The weather service posted a "hazardous weather outlook" about the conditions on New Year's Eve: "Temperatures will only reach the single digits Sunday and drop to near zero to below zero New Years Eve night. Wind chill values will likely be 10 to 20 below zero New Years Eve."

In the meantime, Lake Erie isn't quite frozen over yet, which would calm down the lake-effect machine.

New Year's Day

The New Year may bring  a new record low, said Welch. With early morning temperatures forecast to drop to -2, the current record of zero would be broken, Welch said.

Revelers may be greeted by early morning snow showers, Welch said. Expect 6 inches of lake effect snow to blanket Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

Temperatures should warm to 12, but with the 10 mph wind, the wind chill advisory could be extended past 6 p.m.

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