What to expect over the next 36 hours: Snow bands will continue in southern Erie County | Local news

As Buffalo and the eastern suburbs continue to dig today, a winter weather warning remains in effect for southern Erie County and a snow on lakes warning is in effect in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, both until 7 am on Saturday. The lake snow warning for all of Erie County expired at 1 a.m. today, but additional 4 to 7 inch accumulations are expected in the more persistent lake snows in southern Erie County .

Several lakefront snow bands are affecting parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, while lakefront snow east and north of Buffalo is expected to decrease.

Snow totals hit their highest Friday in Cheektowaga at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which saw 18.2 inches, with 16.6 inches recorded at Depew. In Buffalo, 17 inches of snow were reported.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

Friday: There is a continued risk of snow showers today. The forecast calls for a mostly cloudy day, with high temperatures nearing 24 degrees. Winds will be westerly, 6-14 mph. Less than half an inch of new snow accumulation is possible in Buffalo.

Heavy snowfall will fall in relatively narrow bands in the counties in the southern part. The National Weather Service advises motorists to prepare for the rapidly changing road conditions and visibility in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.