As the residents of Oswego County awoke to a severe lake effect snow warning early Thursday morning, the community is bracing for a significant weather event. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a warning effective from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, predicting heavy lake effect snowfall accompanied by strong wind gusts across the region.

The Severity of the Snowstorm

The forecast from the NWS paints a grim picture for Oswego County, with expectations of 5 to 10 inches of snow accumulation in areas most affected by the lake effect. These snowfall rates, combined with winds gusting as high as 40 mph, pose a severe challenge to residents and travelers alike. The NWS warns, “Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility,” highlighting the potential dangers of the storm.

The warning emphasizes that “heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands,” advising those on the road to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions.

Power Outages and Response Efforts

The adverse weather conditions have already left a mark on the Finger Lakes region, with high wind gusts causing power outages affecting thousands. While the high wind warnings have expired, over a thousand households in Ontario County were reported without power as of early Thursday, evidencing the storm’s impact.

In response to the weather challenges, New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) have mobilized significant resources. With 200 line crews and 100 tree crew personnel deployed, the utilities are addressing storm-related damages and working diligently to restore power.

They have also urged customers to stay informed through updates from the National Weather Service.

Preparing for the Snow

As the focus shifts to the lake effect snow, regions such as Cayuga, Wayne, and parts of Monroe counties are also preparing for difficult travel conditions. The community is advised to heed the warnings issued by the NWS and take necessary precautions to ensure safety during this challenging weather event.

With efforts underway to mitigate the impact of the snowstorm and power outages, residents are reminded of the importance of staying informed and prepared. As the Finger Lakes region faces this severe weather, the resilience and response of the community and service providers will be crucial in navigating the challenges ahead.


For more detailed information and updates on lake effect snow warnings, power outages, and safety measures, consider exploring the following resources:

  1. National Weather Service (NWS) The official source for weather updates, warnings, and advisories across the United States, including detailed forecasts for Oswego County and the Finger Lakes region.
  2. New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) and For real-time updates on power outages, restoration efforts, and safety information in response to severe weather events.
  3. The Weather Provides comprehensive weather forecasts, storm tracking, and safety advice, including insights into lake effect snow and its impacts on travel and power infrastructure.

These sources offer reliable and up-to-date information that can help you stay prepared and informed during severe weather events.