Lake effect blizzards ongoing, set to drift south today

While lake effect blizzards dump snow northeast of the lakes, the nation as a whole experienced its coldest November morning since 1976. Click image to enlarge.
While lake effect blizzards dump snow northeast of the lakes, the nation as a whole experienced its coldest November morning since 1976. Click image to enlarge.

The lake effect snow storms impacting the Buffalo, Batavia and Watertown areas have been every bit as intense as expected.Nearly 3 feet of snow fell overnight in the heart of the Lake Erie band in the Buffalo suburb of Elma.

The New York State Thruway (I-90) is closed for 136 miles from the I-390 interchange in Henrietta to Dunkirk.

And, as a bonus to add to our list of extremes: the ‘Lower 48’ average temperature this morning for the US Mainland was only 22.5º, which is colder relative to average than last winter’s ‘polar vortex’. Over 76% of the nation dropped below 32º and nearly 49% was under 20º. This is the coldest it has been in November since 1976- 38 years ago!

The lake effect snow will drift south today, but should stay out of most of the Finger Lakes, where it will be sunny but cold. Highs today will struggle into the mid 20s.

Finger Lakes Forecast for November 18/19, 2014.
Finger Lakes Forecast for November 18/19, 2014.
Meteorologist Drew Montreuil
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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.).

When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.

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