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FXUS61 KBUF 130312

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
1012 PM EST Tue Dec 12 2017

A cold northwesterly flow will result in lake effect snow and
blowing snow across the region into Wednesday. A short break is
possible late Wednesday before another weak system moves into
the region Wednesday night. Yet another system with both some
lake effect and widespread snow will move in by Friday and last
through least part of the weekend.


A deepening surface low continues to move northeast along the New
England coast as an anomalously deep upper level trough plows into
the Lower Great Lakes region. Behind the low, lake effect is quickly
filling in behind the synoptic system with multi-bands of lake
effect seen throughout the Great Lakes.

Off Lake Erie...As is often the case in northwest flow, there are a
few stronger bands within the multiband setup.  The strongest area
currently appears to off Lake Huron.  This area should develop a
connection to Lake Erie with some stronger bands moving southward
across the Chautauqua Ridge and then toward or over the PA border,
but with accumulating snow showers on either side of the strongest
area.  The bands should begin to migrate slowly back north in a
weakening state on Wednesday as the next system approaches. Lake
Effect Warnings will remain in place.

The Niagara Frontier should fair better than areas to the south, but
there will still be plenty of multibands overnight plus a
contribution from an arctic boundary dropping south from central
Ontario overnight.  In addition, there will be plenty of blowing
snow to warrant the continuation of a winter advisory into

Resulting (additional) snow accumulations through Wednesday will
vary substantially from location to location due to transitory
banding, but here are a few areas of interest:
* Inland Chautauqua County:  Highest amounts - over a foot.
* Buffalo area Southtowns:  around or below the 6inch range.
* Other higher terrain...:  4-8 inches.
* Niagara Frontier.......:  1-4 inches.
* Allegany...............:  T-4 inches.

East of Lake Ontario, westerly flow should allow for a potential
short-lived by strong lake band late evening with a focus on n.
orthern Oswego County. Some shore banding is possible too, but this
could be fairly significant in terms of blowing snow and snow rates
exceeding 2"/hr in places. Overnight, an arctic boundary will push
this band to the south.  Guidance continues to show this boundary
moving across the Lake Ontario shoreline after midnight with a
mesolow on the west side.

Once this moves through, expect multibands on an NW flow primarily
affecting Wayne east through Oswego County into Wed AM. A connection
to the Georgian Bay may continue new band formation across the
shoreline Wed - first over Niagara County, then east to Wayne County
be the end of the day.

Like Erie, resulting (additional) snow accumulations through
Wednesday will vary substantially from location to location due to
transitory banding, but here are a few areas of interest:

* Shorelines west of Rochester: 1-5 inches
* Rochester Area..............: 4-10 -   highest E, less W.
* Wayne to Oswego.............: Possibly a foot overnight.
* Tug Hill Plateau............: 6-12 highest south.
* Watertown...................: Highly variable, but in general 3-5.


Some lake effect snow may linger Wednesday evening southeast of Lake
Ontario, mainly across northeast Wayne, northern Cayuga, and
southern Oswego counties. This may produce another 1-3 inches before
breaking up overnight.

The 06Z and now the 12Z model guidance has trended a little farther
north and a little stronger with the next clipper, set to move
through PA Wednesday night. A period of DPVA ahead of the associated
mid level shortwave will combine with a broad area of warm advection
and isentropic ascent to the north of the low track to produce a
period of weak lift across the region. This will bring an area of
light, accumulating snow to at least the Southern Tier, possibly
spreading up into the Thruway corridor as well. Expect the snow to
enter Chautauqua County by late afternoon Wednesday, then spread
into the rest of Western NY during the early evening, reaching
central NY by late evening. What remains of the lake effect snow
over Lake Ontario may help to moisten the low levels enough to bring
some light synoptic snow all the way to the south shore of Lake
Ontario. Amounts will be light with this system, with around 2
inches across the western Southern Tier, and an inch or less from
the Thruway northward. The North Country should remain dry.

Any remaining synoptic snow will quickly end early Thursday morning.
A cold northwest flow in the wake of this system will allow some
limited lake effect snow to develop southeast of Lakes Erie and
Ontario Thursday and Thursday night, but a fairly dry background
synoptic scale airmass should keep accumulations somewhat limited.
This may produce 1-2 inches Thursday, and another 2-3 inches
Thursday night in persistent bands. Off Lake Erie, this would
primarily focus on the Chautauqua Ridge, and off Lake Ontario mainly
across Oswego County, and far northern Cayuga County. Outside of
lake effect areas, expect mainly dry conditions with just a few
flurries or light snow showers Thursday. Temperatures will remain
cold, with highs in the upper teens to lower 20s in most locations.
The higher terrain east of Lake Ontario may struggle to reach 10.

Late Thursday night and Friday morning boundary layer flow will back
to the west and southwest ahead of the next system. This will carry
the Lake Erie lake effect northward across Buffalo, and the Lake
Ontario band northward across Watertown Friday morning. The bands
should not be particularly strong at that point given the lowering
inversion heights and quickly backing winds, but could drop some
minor accumulations.

Later Friday afternoon and Friday night yet another clipper will
cross the region. This time, the surface low will pass to the north
of the area across Southern Ontario. This will produce another round
of light snow across the region, with lake enhancement developing
east and northeast of the lakes which may add an extra few inches to
what is otherwise a minor snow event.


A ridge builds in Saturday in the wake of a trough passage Friday
night. With cold air and moisture in place Saturday morning behind
the trough, lake effect snows would be ongoing downwind of the
eastern Great Lakes. However, the ridge and warm advection quickly
move in during the day Saturday, which will shut down any lingering
lake snows.

The pattern deamplifies briefly for Sunday into Monday, with a
slightly more zonal, Pacific influenced flow across the Great Lakes.
Temperatures will be more mild, with daytime highs in the 30s both
day. Transient shortwaves will provide a few chances for snow
showers, and possibly some mixed precipitation. Beyond that, the
next cold push of air comes late Tuesday into Wednesday.


Lake snows east of both lakes will result in LIFR vsbys for KJHW and
for sites near and south of KART...otherwise scattered snow showers
will accompany VFR to occasionally MVFR conditions elsewhere until
after 05z. A frontal boundary sagging south across the region
will then encourage VSBYS to lower to IFR levels for a few hours
at the remaining TAF sites (KBUF, KIAG and KROC).

As we work our way past 08z...IFR to MVFR conditions will be found
mainly east of both lakes. The lowest vsbys form the lake snows will
be found at KJHW where LIFR conditions should persist.

For Wednesday...lake snows east of both lakes will gradually diminish
in intensity and coverage during the course of the midday and
afternoon with IFR to MVFR conditons briefly improving to VFR by the
end of the day. Outside of the lake snows...KBUF, KIAG and KROC can
expect mainly VFR weather for Wednesday.

Wednesday night...Conditions deteriorating to IFR for most sites
south of Lake Ontario.
Thursday through Sunday...Several systems will move across the
region over the course the the week and weekend with both widespread
snow and localized lake effect with resulting IFR conditions.
There will be several periods of VFR between systems.


A deepening surface low continues to move northeast into New England
as an anomalously deep upper level trough plows into the lower Great
Lakes region. Behind the low, lake effect is quickly filling in
behind the synoptic system with multi-bands of lake effect seen
throughout the Great Lakes.  In general, expect a northwest flow
through at least Wednesday with small craft advisory conditions and
some brief gales over Lake Erie this evening.


NY...Winter Storm Warning until 7 PM EST Wednesday for NYZ003>008.
     Winter Weather Advisory until 1 PM EST Wednesday for NYZ001-
     Lake Effect Snow Warning until 7 PM EST Wednesday for NYZ012-
MARINE...Gale Warning until 4 AM EST Wednesday for LEZ040-041.
         Small Craft Advisory until 1 AM EST Thursday for LEZ020.
         Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST Thursday for
         Small Craft Advisory until 7 PM EST Thursday for LOZ044-



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