Forecast: Lake snow for some, cold and blustery for all of CNY

Forecast: Lake snow for some, cold and blustery for all of CNY

Heavy lake-effect snow is expected to develop this week as a blast of Arctic air spreads across the Great Lakes and Northeast causing localized whiteouts and more than two feet of snow in some areas.

The National Weather Service said up to three inches of snow could fall in Vilas County along the Upper Michigan state line, and areas closer to Lake Superior could see six inches of lake effect snow.

Very cold air is in over the state today, and it will produce some snow.

"It will stay in place for the next few hours and then make its way to the Southtowns after dark", Zaff said.

We are getting to the time of year that we talk about lake effect snow. "It will be one semi-continuous band between now and Friday". Accumulations over a dusting are not expected south (we even can see a bit of rain trying to mix in in spots), but we can see the lake snows bring slightly better snow potential.

The first round of snow will impact the Buffalo Metro area during the morning commute.

The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services office is warning that snow totals up to 18 inches could hit parts of Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming after the flakes start falling at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

There's a 50-50 chance for snow in Madison Friday night, but no accumulation was in the forecast.

When they do start, lake effect bands are expected to be narrowly focused, most likely in southeastern Jefferson County, northern Lewis County and portions of northern Oswego County. The best precipitation chances next week come Thursday with snow, about 24 hours later than our previous forecast.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, low around 16.

I hope you had the chance to enjoy the mild early December weather we've had this weekend.

Some light accumulations in the system's path are not out of the question, but details remain uncertain.