While most Cayuga County residents woke up to see little or no snow on the ground this morning, residents at the northern end had some digging out to do. According to the National Weather Service, Fair Haven had 18 inches of snow on the ground for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Monday. Just a few miles to the south, Ira had just 4 inches.
More snow is likely for residents near the Lake Ontario shoreline. A lake effect snow watch will be in effect from late tonight through Tuesday afternoon. Here is the text of that watch message from the NWS:
LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...
* LOCATIONS...OSWEGO AND NORTHERN CAYUGA COUNTIES.
* TIMING...MIDNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY EVENING.
* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OVERNIGHT AND 4 TO 8 INCHES TUESDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 6 TO 11 INCHES IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE SNOWS.
* WINDS...WEST 15 TO 25 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES...A QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
* IMPACTS...HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL RESULT IN VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL WITH VERY POOR VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED ROADS.
* FORECASTER CONFIDENCE...THERE REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE EXACT PLACEMENT AND INTENSITY OF THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW BANDS. JUST A SMALL CHANGE IN WIND DIRECTION WILL PRODUCE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LOCATION OF THE HEAVIEST SNOW.
A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WATCH MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER IS POSSIBLE IN LOCALIZED AREAS WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.