The higher elevations of the Southern Tier will see the most between Friday and Sunday, but metro Buffalo wont escape all of it, National Weather Service forecasters said.
There will be chances for snow and rain in metro Buffalo. Precipitation will evolve into rainfall during the early afternoon.
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A round of steady precipitation will move into the area on Friday. It may begin as snow before changing over to rain, but any snow accumulation from this will be minor. Check out the graphic to see when it will start at your location. pic.twitter.com/WA4eYH9j3J
In higher elevations, snow is forecast into the early afternoon. Rain will start mixing in by mid-afternoon and change over to all rain through the early evening.
“Snow that does fall on Friday should be relatively light with around an inch of slushy snow across Western New York near the lake shores, and up to 2 inches farther inland away from the lakes,” the weather service said. “Farther from the lake plains and in the higher terrain, snow accumulations may reach 2 to 3 inches.”
It added: “Warm ground temperatures will cool with early morning lows around freezing, but may make it difficult to accumulate snow at the onset of the precipitation.”
Daytime highs are expected to stay in the low 40s. Easterly winds will become southerly during the afternoon and pick up over 15 mph, making it feel like its in the 30s in metro Buffalo.
“A single lake-effect band is expected to form Friday evening near Buffalo metro and southern portions of the Niagara Frontier,” the weather service said.
Rain will transition to a mix of rain and snow just after midnight around metro Buffalo and then turn over to all snow a few hours before daybreak Saturday.
Winds could get gusty, over 30 mph. Theres an 80 percent chance of precipitation. About 1 inch of snow is possible.
Higher elevations will see colder temperatures and a quicker change-over to snow, which will result in greater snow totals.
Up to 3 inches of new snow is possible over the Southern Tier and higher elevations overnight Friday. Temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 20s.
“Winds are going to wobble from the southwest to the west and back to the southwest through Saturday morning, and will likely move from the Northtowns to the Southern Tier and back through Saturday morning,” the weather service said.
The highest snowfall totals will be over the higher elevations south of Buffalo in the traditional “snow belt,” forecasters said. (National Weather Service)
“As temperatures reach the upper 20s to low 30s Saturday morning snow will start to accumulate Friday night into Saturday,” the weather service said. “Amounts of 3 to 6 inches are expected across the Southtowns and northern Southern Tier with lesser amounts of 1 to 2 inches across the Northtowns and near the New York-Pennsylvania border.”
Forecasters peg Buffalos chances of receiving its first inch of snow by early Sunday at about 65 percent. On average, Buffalos first inch of snow comes on Nov. 18.
Winds will also be gusting to 40 mph or more, forecasters said. That will make it feel like its in the low 20s.
In metro Buffalo, theres a 20 percent chance for snow showers. Overnight lows will be in the upper 20s.
Beyond that, chances for show showers are also possible in Buffalo on Sunday with high temperatures only in the upper 30s.
The next several days will have a common theme: cold temperatures. We will have a lot of cloud cover today, with highs only making it into the middle 30s. Luckily, it won’t be as blustery, with a NNW wind 5-10 mph.
Tonight, snow chances increase across eastern Iowa. The snow moves in from southwest to northeast after 7 PM, and continues overnight into early Friday morning. Flurries and a few snow showers are possible throughout the day Friday. A quick burst of snow could reduce visibility and slicken things up again Friday afternoon. Total accumulations will be 1″ or less, with locally higher amounts up to 2″ possible, especially south of Highway 20.
Friday night into Saturday morning will be COLD. Lows will be in the teens, with wind chills in the single digits. It will be a cold weekend with highs in the 30s to near 40.