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Lake effect expected to dump several inches of snow on parts of the Rochester Metro

Elissa Orlando

A batch of lake effect snow and high winds will likely make for tricky driving conditions on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Monroe and Wayne Counties until 7pm on Wednesday.

News 8 Meteorologist Josh Nichols tells WXXI News that , “shifting bands of lake effect snow that will put down several inches of accumulation especially north and east of Rochester along the 104 corridor where 6 to 10 inches of fresh, lake effect snow will fall between late Tuesday afternoon and early Wednesday morning."

Nichols says the immediate Rochester Metro could see around 3 to 6 inches of accumulation from Tuesday night into Wednesday.

And Nichols says strong winds will bring the wind chill down to near zero at times on Wednesday.

Wyoming County has alake effect snow warning until 7pm Wednesday.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory for Ontario, Genesee and Orleans Counties until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

The City of Rochester is asking residents and motorists to prepare for the snow, and had these advisories:

• Monitor PlowTrax, the City’s snow plow tracker application, to check plowing progress in real time. For more visit:
• Strictly observe alternate side parking regulations to allow plows clear passage. One illegally parked vehicle can impede plowing for an entire street.
• In the event that a Parking Emergency is declared, on-street parking will be prohibited on designated Parking Emergency Streets. For more, visit
• Monitor the news for travel advisories, closures, cancellations and refuse delays. Visit to watch for updates from the City.
• Factor conditions into travel time and drive carefully.
• The City plows sidewalks when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated. Property owners are responsible to remove any remaining snow and ice.
• Do not put refuse or recycling containers on top of snow banks, in the street or sidewalk. Place them at the edge of a driveway or on a shoveled path.
• Keep fire hydrants clear.
• Bring pets inside.
• Shoveling or plowing snow from private property onto sidewalks, roads or fire hydrants is illegal.

The forecast calls  for Tuesday’s high temperature to be in the 30s, but Wednesday’s high will only be around 21 degrees, and a wind chill near zero. 

Temperatures are expected to moderate over the weekend.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.