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Several accidents reported as winter makes return to metro Buffalo

Winter returned this morning with snow making for a slow morning commute and several accidents.

Several cars were reported off Route 219, and congestion on the southbound Niagara Thruway, eastbound Youngmann Highway and westbound Kensington Expressway also were reported.

In Buffalo, a driver lsot congtrol of a vehicle and crashed through the fence of St. Francis Cemetery at Niagara and Vulcan streets, Buffalo police reported. No injury was reported.

A lake-effect snow warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday for southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

A lake-effect snow advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday for Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. There is no advisory in northern Erie County, which is expected to get about an inch of snow.

“There will be snow showers and flurries going on all day,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell.

Buffalo and areas north of the city can expect 1 to 2-inches today, with the moset snow to the south. Areas in the snow warnings can expect up to 4 inches, he said.

“It’s not a hard-hitting event, it’s a long duration,” Mitchell said of the snow. “The intensity will pick up at times.”

We’ve seen the high temperature for the day, as the high today of the mid-to-upper 20s falls to the mid-to-lower 20s today. The low overnight will be in the low-to-mid teens.