Erie News Now and First Warning Weather has learned the National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Cleveland and Buffalo will be adjusting their radar scans in the coming months. The adjustment will allow for better coverage of the Erie region, especially during lake effect snow events.

The adjustment of the Buffalo radar will now penetrate more effectively into Chautauqua County, New York as well as Erie County, Pennsylvania. Cleveland’s radar will do the same for Ashtabula County, Ohio and Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

This is good news, especially when lake effect snow is flying during the winter months. The current radar angle often scans over these lake effect bands and so they don't show up on radar. Lowering the scan slightly is expected to fix the issue.

The NWS office in Erie was minimally staffed and eventually closed in the mid-90s. Forecasting duties for Northwest Pennsylvania then shifted to the NWS staff in Cleveland. This also resulted in the elimination of Erie’s radar. It was replaced with radar coverage from Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

The adjustments are expected to be made this fall.