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Lake Effect Storm Looms

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - There's no escaping winter in Buffalo and western New York as a major lake effect storm is expected to blast the region late Monday through Wednesday.  It starts with a high wind warning Monday, followed by lake effect snow and wind chill warnings.  Temperatures in the single digits and bitter windchills will accompany several inches of lake effect snow across the Metro Buffalo area.

Read the complete details and latest warnings here.

Here's what Accuweather is saying about the impending storm: Meteorologists are expecting that many locations to the east and southeast of the Great Lakes will end up with 1-2 feet of snow accumulation through Tuesday afternoon. It is possible that a few spots, especially in the Tug Hill Plateau in New York, could end up with as much as 3 feet of snow.

Snow amounts to this magnitude will be confined to isolated areas, mainly in the most persistent bands where snowfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour will occur.

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Some of the heaviest snow will fall from Erie, Pa., to Jamestown and Buffalo, N.Y., northward into Oswego and Watertown, N.Y. Parts of Interstate 90 through this region may become impassable for a time during the heaviest snow bands.

Interstate 81 across northern New York downwind of Lake Ontario could be greatly impacted by white-out conditions and feet of snow.

A similar story is expected farther west along the coast of Lake Michigan from Traverse City through Grand Rapids.

In addition to the heavy snow, westerly wind gusts of 40-45 mph combined with temperatures in the single digits to below zero will lead to RealFeel® temperatures of 40 to 50 below zero.


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