Lake-effect snow hits Orleans, WNY

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2021 at 3:13 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers: Two friends make it to the top of the Bullard Park sledding hill in Albion at about 2 p.m. today. The hill was icy and fast.

After a fairly easy winter locally through mid-January, the cold and snow have been steady in recent weeks. Today was one of the harshest winter days this year.

It’s in the low 20s, with blowing snow and gusty wind. Orleans County is forecast for several inches of snow today, particularly south of Route 104.

It could be worse. Parts of Genesee County, including Batavia and Le Roy, already had a foot of fresh snow by early afternoon.

In Orleans County, a winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 tonight. The National Weather Service in Buffalo at about 1 p.m. said 3 to 5 more inches of snow could fall today “in the most persistent lake snows.”

The winds gusting as high as 40 miles per hour will produce blowing and drifting snow, the Weather Service said.

Sunday is forecast for a high of 26 degrees in Orleans County with another inch of snow possible. Monday is forecast for a high of 22. It will partly sunny with snow showers possible in the afternoon.

A basketball hoop at Bullard Park manages to stand out in the snow early this afternoon. Part of the splash park is visible in the background.