Blizzard-like conditions hit New York, Vermont by Digital Writers•Blizzard-like conditions hit New York, Vermont Parts of the U.S. are being buried by a late winter storm, with more than 120 cm of snow expected to fall in parts of New York state, where schools have been closed and several roads are impassable.The conditions have prompted New York governor Andrew Cuomo to call in extra snow plows to keep things moving.As of Friday afternoon, a hazardous weather outlook, a lakeshore flood warning, and a lake effect snow warning were in effect for parts of New York.NYSDOT North Country@NYSDOTWatertownNear zero visibility and #Blizzard like conditions continue in the Watertown area. Jefferson and Lewis County have travel advisories up and travel is nearly impossible in some areas of the North Country. In short – it’s a good day to stay home, stay warm and stay safe.
„Travel will be very difficult,” the National Weather Service said in a Friday afternoon warning.
„Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility.”
The conditions are being caused by lake effect snow which, in this case, is happening due to Lake Ontario being unseasonably warm.
The National Weather Service called this lake effect snow band a „monster,” stretching for more than 800 km from northern Michigan, into Canada and New York.
So far, the highest snowfall totals are south of Watertown, New York, which has seen more than 70 cm and counting.
More than 100 cm total is expected in the area before the storm tapers.
The conditions are being caused by lake effect snow that’s the product of cold air rushing over Lake Ontario, which happens to be unseasonably warm.
The back-end of a truck dangles from an overpass following a multi-vehicle crash Chautauqua County, New York Friday amid winter storm conditions. Cody Anthony/Facebook
WINTERY IN VERMONT
Meanwhile, blizzard-like conditions were also reported in Vermont, as parts of New England battled severe winds and snow.
On Thursday, a wind warning was in effect for parts of New England, with winds over 90 km/h recorded in some places.
The vigorous snow squalls that caused treacherous road conditions Friday in central and parts of southern Ontario are finally coming to an end by early Saturday afternoon, making way for an improvement in conditions and temperatures by Sunday. Winds, however, will remain gusty in the areas impacted most by the squalls, creating some drifting and blowing snow Saturday afternoon, but will die down in the evening. The milder temperatures on Sunday will continue into early next week, with a chance for more unsettled weather. For a closer look, see below.
- Squalls to taper off Saturday afternoon, giving way to cloudy skies, but strong winds could create blowing snow
- One more day of chilly temperatures Saturday, temperatures jump above zero Sunday and into early next week
- Rounds of unsettled weather for first half of the week
- Keep track of active weather alerts in your area
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SATURDAY: SQUALLS TO END, BLOWING SNOW CONTINUES, TEMPS REMAIN CHILLY
Those who’ve endured the prolonged period of snow squalls in central and parts of southern Ontario will get some relief by early Saturday afternoon, as they are expected to diminish, giving way to a mostly overcast day. Snow squall warnings are expected to be dropped.
For people in the hardest-areas, the squalls brought very heavy snowfall that shut down services, closed several roads and made travel a nightmare for many. While the snow will ease off, the bad news is the winds in the traditional snowbelt regions will remain gusty and could create blowing and drifting snow Saturday afternoon, possibly impacting travel.
Temperatures will remain chilly Saturday, but by Sunday, daytime values will begin a upward trend and climb to above zero for much of southern Ontario. They will continue to rise Monday, with much of the south seeing temperatures in the mid-to-upper single digits, but with some wet conditions expected.