Lake effect snow piling up in parts of state

Forecasters say cold air that's moved into the region is boosting conditions for lake-effect snow Thursday.

A lake effect snow advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. Saturday for Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Otsego counties.

"The number one thing we tell people - this being one of our bigger first events with regards to snow this year - is slow down, take your time getting [from] place to place", Zika added. Some parts of that area received more than 3 feet of snow from a lake-effect storm just before Thanksgiving.

The warning also includes Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Today will be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the high 30s, with some rain possible.

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Parts of St. Lawrence County may see only 1 to 2 inches by Friday, while Lewis County could be hit with 6 to 9 inches. However, we can expect a few streamers off of Huron, that will bring the area a few more snow showers.

Driving conditions are expected to be "hazardous to dangerous" the officials said.

Temperatures could plunge into the single digits late next week as that Arctic air descends into NY, according to Accuweather's 15-day forecast. Winter advisories have been issued for almost 20 states.

In central NY, residents are bracing for up to a foot of snow expected over the weekend and possible whiteout conditions caused by Arctic air moving across the Great Lakes.

  • Megan Austin