Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed state agencies to prepare emergency response resources, as a storm system is expected to leave up to a foot or more of lake effect snow in the Tug Hill area of the North Country and parts from western New York.
The Weather Authority predicts the storm system will wreak havoc from Thursday through Friday night. Accumulated 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible in these areas beginning at night, which will leave slippery surfaces and limited vision. Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be careful when traveling.
“New Yorkers are no strangers to wintry weather, especially lake effect snow, and we are fully prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us,” Governor Cuomo said.
“State agencies have emergency response personnel and resources ready to go and are ready to assist any of our local partners throughout the duration of the storm. While this system is good news for many snow sports enthusiasts and winter, I urge all who travel to these areas to exercise extra caution tonight and tomorrow, as snowfall rates can exceed one inch per hour. “
As of Thursday, the snowfall rate at Tug Hill is expected to be 1 to 2 inches per hour over a period of time. Total snow accumulation is expected to exceed one foot in the Tug Hill area, while the highest elevations in Herkimer, Hamilton and Oneida counties could receive up to 8 inches of snow. Accumulations between 6 and 8 inches are forecast in the western part of the state in the foothills of southern Erie and Wyoming counties, as well as the higher elevations of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. Areas in central New York and the southern tier could receive 1 to 2 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, the metropolitan region will suffer the onslaught of freezing temperatures. Thursday develops with a fresh mixture of sun and clouds with temperatures in the 40s, which remains for Friday with a maximum of 43, but temperatures drop for Saturday with a maximum of 32. Sunday will be quite cold with a maximum of 34.