A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for both Wayne and Cayuga County. The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued the warning Monday afternoon, which is forecasting 7-13 inches of snow Tuesday night, with another 6-12 inches of snow falling on Wednesday. Wind Gusts could reach 45 mph during the peak of the lake effect snow event, which would amplify the problems the forecasted 2 feet of snow could bring. Blowing and drifting snow, in addition to the snow falling within these lake effect bands will make for treacherous travel in the impacted areas. — Original Report on 1/11/16 @ 1:02 pm — Snow event in store for FLX starting Tuesday Wild weather Sunday night brought in the region’s first significant winter event, as wind gusts in excess of 60 mph caused power outages and downed tree limbs. Some areas in our extended viewing area saw the lake effect snow machine kick in, with those in Oswego, Jefferson, Livingston and Wyoming counties all having snowfall totals in excess of 1-2 feet expected.Locally the wild weather is going to continue as a light snowfall is expected throughout the entire region on Tuesday. Forecasts are calling for a general snowfall of 1-3 inches as a clipper system moves through the area. The snowfall is expected to begin in the afternoon and lead into a more significant lake effect event locally.The general snowfall will usher in a reinforcing shot of Arctic air, which will push the winds from a southwesterly direction to a brisk wind out of the northwest. This will push the lake effect snow that many have been experiencing in the north country and western communities into the Wayne County region.Additionally, Northern Cayuga County is expected to see some of the lake effect snow action this week, as a Lake Effect Snow Watch has been issued for both Wayne and Northern Cayuga Counties.The Lake Effect Snow Watch begins Tuesday evening and runs through Wednesday evening. Accumulations of 9-17 inches are possible in the watch area, and blowing snow is also expected to create tricky travel on Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning and afternoon.
— NWS Binghamton (@NWSBinghamton) January 11, 2016
A Lake Effect Snow Watch means that significant winter weather is possible in localized areas, and the National Weather Service is calling the forecast confidence of this lake effect snow event high. Visibility in the lake effect snow bands could drop below a quarter of a mile.