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With storm heading east, 'evening commute looks good'

The evening commute is not expected to cause much hassle Tuesday.

But if you parked on a downtown street when you got to work this morning, you might be plowed in.

“The heavy snow is starting to move east,” said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said just before noon. “The light snow will continue for another 3 to 4 hours.”

“For the main roads, the evening commute looks good.”

Drivers who got to work early Tuesday and parked on the street in downtown Buffalo will find their vehicles buried in snow at the curb. Plows left a foot or more of slush and snow between your vehicle and the road.

There were some closings reported around the region Tuesday morning, however, most schools are closed this week for winter break.

When all is said and done by early evening, the heaviest accumulations are expected east of the Buffalo area in the Genesee Valley in places like Warsaw, Batavia and LeRoy.

Early snowfall returns late Tuesday morning showed totals ranged between 6 and 10 inches in most places of Western New York.

As of 11 a.m., the Buffalo Niagara International Airport picked up 7.1 inches.

That was enough to set the daily record for snowfall before noon. The former record, 6.6 inches, was set Feb. 16, 1993.

Rochester also set a daily record in the same time period, picking up an even foot of snow by 11 a.m., breaking a 12-year-old record.

The total also boosted Buffalo and Rochester closer to the top of the nation’s snowiest cities, according to the Golden Snow Globe National Snow Contest.

After starting the month in an un-Buffalo-like 16th place, the city was 10th heading into Tuesday and made it into seventh place by noon, leap-frogging New York City, Denver and Flint, Mich. Rochester jumped from 17th all the way to 8th place.

Buffalo still trails leaders Syracuse and Erie, Pa., by more than a foot.

email: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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