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Buffalo area escapes brunt of wintry blast

While parts of the Southern Tier got up to 2 feet of snow Monday, the Buffalo area got away with half an inch.

The winds that churned the snow were expected to calm down today, as Monday's lake-effect snowstorm tapers off. But the forecast called for much colder temperatures.

A chance of some snow showers was forecast for today by the National Weather Service, but winds were expected to be only 10 to 20 mph. High temperatures were expected to be in the upper 20s, at most, after a morning low of about 20.

In the Southern Tier, the snow was expected to diminish but continue into today. The remaining snowfall was forecast for extreme southern Erie County, and Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Monday's snow blew off the warm waters of Lake Erie, bringing up to 2 feet of snow to some areas of Chautauqua. In southern Erie, Chaffee had 16 inches, and in Wyoming County, Warsaw saw 17 inches.

The winds of 25 to 35 mph rose to gusts of up to 45 mph Moday night.

Up north, a band moving in from Lake Ontario was heading into northern Niagara and Orleans counties Monday night,with gusty winds causing poor visibility.

Moderate lake-effect snow continued across the Boston Hills and Wyoming County, especially Cattaraugus and northern Allegany counties, with near-whiteout conditions on north-south roads.


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