WINTER STORM UPDATE: Lake effect snow is shifting south
A lake effect band was established over the northern portion of WNY overnight.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A winter storm is bringing heavy lake-shaped snow and high winds to the Western New York area this weekend.
Here are the latest updates for Sunday, January 14, 2024:
8:33 a.m.: New York Gov. Kathy Hochul reiterated that a travel ban is in place for the majority of Erie County. “My top priority is keeping New Yorkers safe, and this winter storm continues to pose a life and safety risk,” Governor Hochul said. “Although some areas are no longer experiencing power outage conditions, most of Erie County remains unsafe for motorists. Please take necessary precautions, monitor local forecasts and take necessary steps to keep you and your family safe.”
8:30 a.m.: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says there’s still a travel ban in place, and people can’t drive to the stadium to help shovel Highmark Stadium even after the travel ban is lifted. He said if you live near the stadium, you can walk.
8:00 a.m.: A travel ban remains in effect in most of Erie County until further notice. However, the ban has been lifted for the following cities:
- North Collins
- Sardinian village
6:51 AM: travel ban In Erie County it is still in effect. Officials are expected to make a decision on when to lift the travel ban. The US-bound side of the Peace Bridge in Buffalo is currently closed due to weather.
6:10 AM: Many organizations have canceled their events today. You can get the full list here: /closings.
6:am: The City of Lockport has issued a travel advisory within city limits until at least 6pm when conditions will be re-evaluated.
5:45 a.m.: The National Weather Service says bands of lake-effect snow moved north overnight and are currently over Grand Island, Niagara and Orleans counties. Those in the snow band area could see snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour. The band is expected to shift south this past morning.
a Winter storm warning It remains in effect in Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties until 7 a.m. Monday. According to the NWS-Buffalo office: Heavy lake effect snow and very strong winds are expected. Total snow accumulations are 1 to 2 feet, possibly up to 3 feet in more persistent lake snow. Blizzard conditions will be possible at times, especially Saturday night and Sunday. 8 to 16 inches of snow in Southern Tier counties under warning.
there Winter storm warning For Niagara and Orleans counties through 3 p.m. Sunday, with total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches in the most persistent lake snow. Wind speeds reach 55 mph. The strongest winds will be late Saturday morning into the evening. Blizzard conditions will be possible at times, especially late Saturday night and Sunday morning.