Snowfall impact increasing in Western New York through much of weekend

CONTINUING WEATHER ALERT: Snowfall numbers are increasing this morning for a lake effect snow storm occurring now through much of the weekend, with varying conditions, locations and time periods.


Focus of the storm currently is centered around Buffalo, where three to four feet of snow now are forecast and snowfall rates of two to three inches an hour at times are being predicted by the US National Weather Service Buffalo NY, and spreading outward.

A State of Emergency goes into effect at 10AM this morning for portions of the region northwest of Allegany County, with commercial traffic being banned on the State Thruway, from Rochester west to the Pennsylvania State Line, and some other highways, effective at 4PM today until the storm ceases sometime Sunday, with current timing based solely on anticipated conditions which may change.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and continue to monitor for updates.

Go to for an overall view of the NWS Buffalo forecast region, for Steuben and counties to the east, and for adjoining Pennsylvania counties.

Separate snow and ice forecasts for Allegany County and the rest of Western New York are available at, along with Steuben County east at, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at

Local weather forecasts for specific areas are accessible through the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS pages, with Hourly Weather Forecasts, which project event timing throughout the day, found on the lower right side of local pages.

Progression of storms can be tracked interactively via a zoomable NWS Doppler radar site at

Previews of weather components over the next seven days are available at, with Steuben County east at, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at

The NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) website is at, with the overall Weather Prediction Center at, which includes information on types of potential weather dangers.

Check out the information on cold weather safety, available at, with information on general winter and other projections at Be prepared in advance of threatening weather and monitor during an event for updates.
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