DISCUSSION: Despite this part of November often shaping up to be a relatively quiet period across much of the United States historically, the last few days have proven to be quite eventful (especially across interior sections of the Northeast). Looking to the southwestern United States, a few weaker low pressure systems are currently facilitating pesky rain/snow showers across scattered sections of the intermountain west as well as southern portions of the southwestern United States. This is continuing to create some lighter travel headaches both on the ground and in the air, so do your best to plan accordingly before heading out for any personal and/or travel plans for today and/or tomorrow.
In turning our attention to the northeastern United States, it is a very different story as the "lake effect machine" off of Lake Ontario continues to pump in very heavy snow in many parts of Central New York throughout much of the morning and early afternoon hours. It is worth noting that this is expected to persist for at least the next 6 to 10 hours in many cases. As a result, some areas directly to the east of Lake Ontario (e.g., many places positioned both in and in the vicinity of the Tug Hill Plateau) could potentially see another 6 to 12 inches on top of what has already fallen during the last 48 hours and counting. That being said, as a result of this continued lake effect snowfall, travel conditions have been severely compromised (per the word of many colleagues situated both on the campus of the State University of New York at Oswego as well as a fellow GWCC staff member situated just outside of Syracuse, NY). Hence, if you must get out and about either today or within the next 6 to 12 hours, be sure to allow extra time to get where you need to be. Moreover, if you will be flying into or out of any regional and/or international airports located across western, northern, eastern, or central New York make sure that you call ahead or check online for delays and/or cancellations to plan accordingly.
As per the words of earlier statements issued by both the Buffalo, New York as well as in Binghamton, New York National Weather Service offices, it is imperative to take these lake effect snow warnings at face-value and understand that aside from the heavy falling and blowing snow, it is also incredibly cold outside (coupled with a nasty wind chill) which is easily capable of creating life-threatening conditions if one is left outside and exposed to these elements for a prolonged period of time. For that reason, check out older friends/family during the day today across these regions, to make sure that they are safe , warm, and well-hydrated (as one should always be).
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz