|It's a start: One to five inches of snow in the forecast|
for much of northern New York, Vermont and New
Hampshire. Lake efect snows will drop more
than six inches (in yellow and orange)
Source: National Weather Service, South
The air flow will vary in the lake effect zone, so a wider area is going to be affected than is often the case. That's because the shifting winds will draw the snowbands to the northeast for awhile. Often,but not always, the heaviest lake effect snow falls south of Buffalo, New York. Today, with a southwesterly component to the winds, Buffalo itself will get in the act.
Later, by tomorrow, the snow will shift to the suburbs south of Buffalo, and off of Lake Ontario, will shift south of Watertown, New York.
Next, there are signs there might be another fairly substantial storm in the Northeast Saturday. It's still hard to stay whether it's going to be mostly snow or a mix, and where the heaviest precipitation might fall.
But it almost definitely won't be a super warm storm like last weekend, with the possible exception of far southeastern New England.
And it will stay relatively cold, so any snow that falls today through next Sunday will mostly stay on the ground well into next week.
Meanwhile, the western United States, many ski resorts having been getting lots and lots of nice powder so far this winter. It looks like that region will get even more bursts of snow over the next couple of weeks.
I guess it's the Rockies and Sierras turn to get a good winter sports year.