Heavy lake effect headed to Orleans tonight

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 January 2016 at 12:00 am

A barn and snowy field are pictured Tuesday on Countyhouse Road near the Albion-Ridgeway town border.

The Weather Channel issued a severe weather alert at 8:12 p.m., warning that a band of lake effect snow will impact southwestern Orleans, northwestern Genesee, northeastern Erie and southern Niagara counties tonight.

“A band of heavy lake effect snow producing snow fall rates of up to 3 inches per hour was located along a line from Kenmore to Amherst, and extending through Clarence Center and Wolcottsville,” the Weather Channel said.

“This band of heavy lake effect snow will continue to slowly drift north this evening.”