Blizzard conditions and the biggest lake effect snow of the season are slamming Western New York.
The National Weather Service called this lake effect snow band a "monster," stretching for more than 500 miles from northern Michigan to Canada and into Western New York.
Lake effect snow continues across the southern Adirondacks for much of the day today. Elsewhere, expect brisk and chilly conditions with a passing snow shower. Looking ahead, the weekend looks cold and dry but a warm up is on the way with chances for rain next week. pic.twitter.com/bwYEJ8OdwM— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) February 28, 2020
Moisture and heat from Lakes Superior and Huron are feeding into a massive lake effect band that's stretching from near Eastern Upper Michigan to the Tug Hill Plateau downwind of Lake Ontario! The line looks broken thanks to radar beams overshooting the snow band. pic.twitter.com/pNX4s8QO8i— NWS Gaylord (@NWSGaylord) February 28, 2020
Wind gusts have climbed to over 60 mph in some areas, blowing snow and causing low visibility.
Ice & Snow, Take It Slow - Buffalo Maintenance crews were dispatched to this accident on I-90 at exit 54 this morning. This area is currently under a Blizzard Warning and it is essential that drivers slow down and adjust their speeds to the conditions. #DontCrowdThePlow #Blizzard pic.twitter.com/cjhBz7CG4s— NYSThruwayAuthority (@NYSThruway) February 27, 2020
The highest snowfall total so far is south of Watertown, New York, where 28 inches fell -- and it's still snowing. By the time the snow ends, residents could see 3 to 4 feet of snow.
This storm's impact goes beyond New York.
The cold air rushing over the non-frozen Great Lakes is what's causing that lake effect snow -- and that cold air will also bring another frigid morning to the Upper Midwest and the Northeast on Saturday.
Wind chills will dip below zero in the Upper Midwest, with singles digits all across the Great Lakes.
It it will feel around 20 degrees from Washington, D.C., to New York City to Boston.
Then mark your calendars: this Sunday will be the beginning of meteorological and climatological Spring.
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