Plows, shovels and snow throwers are due for a rigorous workout today in Buffalo and the Northtowns as a band of lake-effect snow that deluged the Southern Tier on Friday moves farther up into the region.
As much as a foot of snow could pile up in parts of Erie and Genesee counties before the day is done, according to Kirk Apffel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
“It’s one fairly intense band, and if you’re in that band, you’ll know it,” Apffel said.
Depending upon where you are, the snowfall could be experienced in fits and starts. However, the activity within the band will be consistent until tonight when the intensity begins to dissipate as the winds blowing across Lake Erie die down.
“The worst of it is going to stay south of Niagara County,” Apffel said.
Meanwhile, it is expected to be cold and breezy throughout much of the day, with a southwest wind between 13 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Today’s high temperature is not expected to rise beyond the upper teens because of the continuing cold air mass sweeping across Lake Erie.
That air mass precipitated the band of lake-effect snow that moved in late Thursday and fell consistently across the western part of the Southern Tier throughout the day Friday. Snowfall totals across the Southern Tier ran the gamut from 3 inches to more than a foot in some parts of the region. Up to 18 inches of snow was recorded Friday in Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County.
A general snowfall is forecast for Sunday across the region, blanketing the area with no more than a couple of inches, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
“It looks like a low-pressure system and less significant event” than the lake-effect band still sweeping across the region today, said Apffel.
So far, only 28.5 inches of snow have fallen this season at the airport – 33.7 inches below normal for this point in the season. “However, a big snow storm can catch you up in a hurry,” Apffel said.