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‘Thundersnow’ headed to Orleans

Staff Reports Posted 19 November 2014 at 12:00 am

The next lake effect snowstorm won’t entirely spare Orleans County. The National Weather Service says a new band of “thundersnow” will move across the Niagara River and into Niagara and Orleans counties between 9 and 10 tonight.

“This band will then quickly move into northern Erie County and Genesee County,” the Weather Service advised. “Conditions will rapidly deteriorate with this band. Snow rates are forecast to be around 1 to 2 inches per hour.”

The thundersnow isn’t expected to last long in Niagara and Orleans. The band will cross the northtowns before midnight and settle roughly over the same area that was hit hard with snow earlier this week, according to the Weather Service.

The band could drop 3 inches of snow per hour in the morning commute.

“Please heed all existing driving bans and if you must travel, carry a survival kit,” the Weather Service stated.