3 to 5 inches of rain expected over New Year's weekend


With a steady west wind gusting up to 40 miles per hour at times Thursday, blowing snow may create visibility issues, especially where moderate lake effect bands develop.

Snow will also become much more widespread Thursday night and Friday morning, prompting a concern for hard travel, especially north and east of Pittsburgh.

A total of 6 to 12 inches of snow accumulations are expected in these areas starting later tonight through early Saturday morning. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s with southeast winds up to 10 miles per hour.

The rain will follow a cold front that's expected to bring drier, cooler conditions on Thursday and Friday. According to the National Weather Service, near whiteout conditions are possible in the areas receiving the larger amounts of snowfall.

Bands of lake effect snow off of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are expected to develop this afternoon.

The day will start off with snow, with some towns getting as much as two inches.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for the day with wind chills in the teens.

Lake effect snow and windy.

Thursday will see a high of 44 and a nighttime low of 29 under partly cloudy skies.

The ball drops in downtown Buffalo ringing in the New Year.

Tuesday, Jan. 3: Rain is likely with a high near 47 degrees.