A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Jefferson county through 1am Sunday.
A lake effect snow warning means that significant snow is likely in localized areas within the warned area. A large difference in snowfall is likely even within the warned area.
If your area has a lake effect warning, here is what you should do: -- In lake effect snow squalls, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away.-- If you will be traveling across the region be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to these heavy snow squalls.-- If you need to travel, be prepared for very difficult driving conditions inside the bands of heavier snow and where the snow squalls have already been.-- Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on CNYcentral.com.-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.-- Periodically check NBC-3, CBS-5 and CW-6 for updates on the weather and possible issuance of lake effect snow warnings and advisories.-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to these heavy snow squalls.-- If you need to travel, be prepared for very difficult driving conditions inside the bands of heavier snow and where the snow squalls have already been.-- Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.Stay updated with this situation with these links: -- Interactive Doppler Radar -- Triple Doppler Radar -- Lightning Strikes: Lightning Strikes -- Watches/Warnings : (Make sure to hit the 'F5' key to refresh the page.) -- Follow CNY Central Meteorologists on Twitter : http://twitter.com/CNYcentral/cnycentralweather If you see a severe weather, damaging winds, hail, or flooding, please let us know on Facebook or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Here is detailed information on this warning from the National Weather Service: JEFFERSON-INCLUDING THE CITY OF...WATERTOWN342 PM EST SAT FEB 8 2014
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM ESTSUNDAY...
* LOCATIONS...JEFFERSON COUNTY.
* TIMING...THROUGH 1 AM SUNDAY.
* ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 5 INCHES IN PERSISTENT BANDS. THIS WILL BRING STORM TOTALS INTO THE 12 TO 18 INCH RANGE IN A FEW SPOTS NEAR WATERTOWN OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS.
* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 10 TO 15 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A HALF MILE AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS...MODERATE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL PRODUCE VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL IN LOCAL AREAS WITH SNOW COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITY. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 81 FROM ADAMS TO JUST NORTH OF WATERTOWN.