Monday, June 17, 2024

Lake effect snow warnings issued for tri-county region

 The National Weather Service has issued lake effect snow warnings for Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Lewis County’s warning begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. and continues through 4 a.m. Saturday.

According to the NWS, snow will occur across southwestern Lewis County, especially across the Tug Hill plateau late Wednesday through Thursday morning. Snow accumulations will range from 8 to 14 inches through Thursday.

The bands of snow are expected to then shift to far northern Lewis County Thursday night into Friday night. Expected snow accumulations over far northern Lewis County Thursday night through Friday night will range from 8 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will produce patchy blowing snow.

There’s a lake effect snow warning from 1 a.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Sunday in Jefferson County. That’s two-and-a-half days of heavy lake effect snow, most of which is expected to fall in a band from Watertown and Fort Drum to Philadelphia.

Anywhere from 1 to 3 feet could fall where the snow is most persistent. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

A warning has been issued for southwestern St. Lawrence County from 4 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

The NWS forecasts total accumulations of 10 to 20 inches south of Route 68 and 6 to 10 inches to the north.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

The system will begin churning to the south, where there’s a lake-effect warning for Oswego County and northern Oneida County from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 4 a.m. Friday. They could see from 8 to 16 inches of snow.

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