The band will then begin to move north around midday, once again bringing heavy snow to the city of Buffalo. During the afternoon, the snow band will move north of Buffalo before sliding back toward the city during the evening hours.
The lake-effect snow will end once the snow from the cross-country storm begins Thursday night. By this time, some locations south of Buffalo may end up with 7 feet of snow when combining the two lake-effect events this week.
In West Seneca, a suburb just south of the city of Buffalo, the 5-day total snowfall is now at 74.8 inches. Meanwhile, in the heart of the Lake Ontario snow band, the FOX Forecast Center said 40 inches of snow was reported in Copenhagen, New York, between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning.day morning.
Footage by Richard Hulburd of @weather_buffalo shows the "near-blizzard conditions" at the Lake Erie waterfront in Hamburg, New York, with approximately two feet of snow on the ground, according to his observations.
So far, local authorities have reported three storm-related deaths in Erie County, New York.
Snow rates of 2-3 inches per hour likely off Lake Ontario
Off Lake Ontario, a band of heavy lake-effect snow with snowfall rates between 2 and 3 inches per hour is ongoing Thursday morning.
Weekly snow totals in this area will also be measured in feet.
After taking a brief break as the cross-country storm moves through, the lake-effect machine will kick right back into gear Friday night. Except this time, the winds will be out of the north, and the heavy snow will focus on the southern shores of the Great Lakes, the FOX Forecast Center said.
Winter Storm Warnings are in effect as periods of heavy snow impact these areas through Sunday morning.
Region still buried in snow from earlier storm
For western New York residents, this week's storm is piling on top of heavy snow from last weekend.
Video from the town of Hamburg, New York, Office of Emergency Services on Sunday shows a car driving slowly through the snowfall with other drivers' headlights barely visible in the distance.
Heavy snowfall covered Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant in Hamburg with icicles, as captured by Richard Hulburd from @weather_buffalo. Writing on X on Monday, Hulburd said the scene felt like he "walked into the movie Frozen."
The restaurant described the weather as a "small dose of an ice castle coating."
Is another NFL playoff postponement possible?
All eyes will shift to Orchard Park's Highmark Stadium on Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills are set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. EST. The NFL and fans are hoping not to have a repeat of last weekend's day-long postponement of the Wild Card game until Monday due to near-blizzard conditions.
Even on Monday, crowds had to wade through feet of snow to cheer on the home team. This happened despite the team calling out to fans to come shovel snow from the stadium for $20 per hour and free meals.
"This was the first game in the NFL history without assigned seating, but you had to clean off your own spot," FOX Weather Meteorologist Ian Oliver said. "It was kind of everybody for themselves."
The heaviest snow looks to stop by the time the Bills take on the Chiefs on Sunday, but light snow showers remain possible.