BATAVIA — Goodbye summer. Hello winter.
The past few weeks of warm weather have been a fantasy of sorts for the GLOW region — short sleeves and 70-degree temperatures in November. But that’s about to end abruptly.
We’re taking feet of snow, not inches. And it could last for several days.
A winter storm watch has been issued for Genesee, Wyoming and Erie counties, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. It will be in effect Thursday evening to Sunday night.
Heavy lake effect snow is possible, according to the NWS. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet are possible in what’s described as “a long duration event.”
“There is still considerable uncertainty in exact band placement and amounts, but multiple periods of heavy snow are possible, including across the Buffalo metro area,” according to the NWS. “ … Narrow bands of very heavy snow are possible across portions of the region. Localized travel problems will be possible.”
As of Monday afternoon, the NWS listed an 80 percent chance of heavy snow for Genesee and Wyoming counties. High temperatures of 35 degrees were expected with low temperatures of 25 degrees.
The NWS also predicted snow in Orleans and Livingston counties but predicted the totals would match the remainder of the GLOW region.
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