Winter Storm Warning Issued As Temps Dip, Snow In Sight

Despite temperatures reaching the mid-50s Friday, a winter storm warning has been issued until 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rain is expected to turn into freezing rain and sleet Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said. Heavy snow then is expected beginning later Friday and lasting through Saturday morning.

The area could see between 6 to 12 inches of accumulation, the weather service said.

The warning is for Chautauqua and southern Erie counties from 1 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Be prepared for a widespread, heavy and wet snowfall that will create difficult travel conditions across the region,” the weather service said. “The rain and freezing rain at the onset of the event, followed by heavy snowfall, will create extra slippery travel conditions.”

A flood warning remains in effect until 7:45 p.m. Friday for all of Western New York while temperatures remain above freezing. A flood watch last late Friday, the weather service said.