In the Twin Cities today, it was just so cold it kept snowing even with clear skies. In Buffalo, the snow is much more easily explained. And theirs accumulates.
At 429PM, ET, Buffalo was reporting a temperature of 28 degrees with snow. A series of weak waves was passing through the Great Lakes as a more general dome of Arctic high pressure has seeped into the eastern 2/3rds of the country, driving stronger systems away from most of the country.
One such weak clipper is moving into the western Great Lakes, inducing a southwesterly flow, which is bringing fairly heavy snow to Buffalo off of Lake Erie. This snow will continue through the night and most of the day tomorrow as the low moves into New England. Later in the day, winds will shift to northerly, and light snow will be the result of flow over Lake Ontario. The next wave will develop over the upper Midwest as the initial low moves to the Canadian Maritimes. This system will be even weaker, which means the threat for snow is lessened, as flow may not be enough to carry the moisture into town. Still, expect a few inches of accumulation in Buffalo between now and Saturday.
Tomorrow – Snow likely, especially in the morning, High 32, Low 24
Saturday – Lighter snow expected, but still possible, High 34, Low 26
TWC: Tomorrow – Few Snow Showers / Wind High 28, Low 24
Saturday – Flurries High 28, Low 26
AW: Tomorrow – Clouds breaking for some sun with a couple of snow showers; windy High 30, Low 23
Saturday – Times of clouds and sun (flurries snow) High 32, Low 25
NWS: Tomorrow – A chance of snow showers before 8am, then areas of snow showers and freezing drizzle. Partly sunny, High 31, Low 28
Saturday – A chance of snow showers and freezing drizzle, mainly before noon. Partly sunny High 30, Low 26
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. High 32, Low 26
Saturday – Partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers. High 30, Low 24
Hmm, the Weather Service is calling for freezing drizzle. Not buying it. Clouds are low in western New York, so it doesn’t look to impressive on radar, but it’s snowing to beat the band. Poor band.