Freezing rain a possibility says weather service

CHEEKTOWAGA – Winter isn’t over yet according to the National Weather Service as meteorologists at the Buffalo weather station have issued a Winter Weather Advisory calling for freezing rain Saturday into Sunday.

The advisory will be in effect from 2 pm Saturday through 10 am on Sunday. Meteorologist Jim Mitchell with the NWS tells Cheektowaga Chronicle it’s hard to pinpoint where the icing will set up.

“There is a very large temperature spread across this frontal boundary, so a matter of 50 miles north or south will make a big difference in your temperature and precipitation type,” said Mr. Mitchell.

He says the storm’s “impressive rainfall totals” could produce a total of 3 inches of rain and ice melt through late Monday.  Travel isn’t expected to become an issue until Saturday night.

“Probably not going to have too many issues with treated roads and the sun angle this time of year and it’s really not going to get cold enough until later on in the day and into the evening. Most of the travel concern will be overnight, Saturday night into Sunday,” added Mr. Mitchell.

Power outages and tree damage are likely because of the ice. Wind gust are forecasted to reach 30 to 40 mph, especially along the lakeshore.