A lake effect snow warning remains in effect for Jefferson and Lewis counties through 1am Saturday.
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.
In this particular lake effect event, here is what we are watching :My forecast continues on track and on target for placement and intensity of lake effect snow. During Friday night and into Saturday morning, the bullseye of lake effect snow was and continues to be centered east of Lake Ontario. Snow is falling at the rate of 1" per hour inside the heaviest portion of the squalls through Friday night.
During the morning and midday, the lake effect snow bands shoud be weakening, remain most of the time in Jefferson and Lewis counties and occasionally skim extreme northern Oswego county. My forecast calls for new snowfall of 3-6" of snow for many areas of Jefferson and Lewis counties through Friday night. Another 2-5" of snow in some areas Saturday morning. No additional accumulation Saturday afternoon.
An increase or decrease in total snowfall may still occur. As mentioned above, a large difference in snowfall usually occurs even within the warned counties. Stay tuned for updates on-air and online.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-- 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-LEWIS-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WATERTOWN...LOWVILLE300 PM EST FRI FEB 7 2014
...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM ESTSATURDAY...
* LOCATIONS...JEFFERSON AND NORTHERN LEWIS COUNTIES.
* TIMING...THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF TONIGHT.
* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES TONIGHT.
* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES....UNDER A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS WITH SNOW COVERED ROADS AND POOR VISIBILITY. SNOW WILL VARY IN INTENSITY AT TIMES. INCREASING WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH POSSIBLE NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.