Western New York buried by an intense lake-effect snowstorm

A major lake-effect storm that dumped more than 5 feet in Orchard Park and Blasdell (New York) on Friday will continue to impact the region through the weekend.

🌨 Heavy lake-effect snow that blanketed the City of Buffalo overnight will move through northern Erie and Genesee counties Saturday morning and afternoon, before shifting back into the city later Saturday.
Additional snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches in those areas are expected, with winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
By the time the storm ends Monday, southern Erie County could get 1 foot to 2.5 feet more.
The Buffalo area will get an additional 1 to 2 feet, while Niagara County will receive 8 inches to 12 inches more.

➡️ As Buffalo takes on the snow, southern Erie County should start to get a break as the band of lake-effect snow drifts slowly northward.
But conditions remain extremely dangerous.
Colder air will continue to pour across the region, resulting in a heavy lake-effect snow lasting through this weekend.
Lake snows will then shift north and west of Buffalo Saturday before dropping back southward Saturday night into Sunday, with cold blustery conditions to close out the weekend and start the new work week.

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