First Alert Weather: Wintry mix will make for messy commutes


Snow will start Tuesday morning changing to sleet by Tuesday afternoon and then over to freezing rain Tuesday evening. This complex and dynamic weather setup will make for slick driving conditions during morning and evening commutes. 

– A winter storm warning is in place for Seneca and Yates counties from 3 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday. 

– A winter weather advisory is in place across the rest of Western New York including Rochester from 3 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday. 


The snow will start around 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and become heavy at times through mid-morning with upwards of an inch per hour falling at times.

This will make for a slow and messy morning commute for all of Western New York. Also, the snow will be high in moisture content which will make it heavy for those shoveling. 

Anticipate four to seven inches of total snowfall with heavier amounts east of the city and lesser to the west into Buffalo.

The sleet will start around lunchtime adding some accumulation on top of the snow and making the evening commute extra slick.

Be sure to give yourself a few extra minutes when heading home and remember to slow down.

There will be a brief period of freezing rain around dinner time which could add to the slick conditions. 

By 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., rain will set in for a few hours before temperatures drop into Wednesday morning resulting in the chance of a flash freeze, causing slick roads yet again. 


Wednesday will also be marked by gusty winds on the back side of the low-pressure area bringing us this messy weather.

Gust at times could be up to 45 to 50 mph. 

Check back for updates and watch News10NBC for the latest forecast.

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2019-02-12 12:00:00

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