Travelers can see three to six inches of snow by Thursday
By Western New York’s standards, three to six inches of snow can be considered a good base for outdoor winter activity.
However, the National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lake effect snow advisory, which is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.
Officials say an additional three to five inches of snow is expected tonight and an inch for Thursday in “persistent snows.”
The winds will be coming out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, producing blowing and drifting snow.
Blowing snow has the potential to produce difficult driving conditions with poor visibility and snow-covered roads.
In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. NWS officials remind travelers to be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.
UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: The lake effect snow advisory has been upgraded to a lake effect snow warning by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.