The weekend snowfall amounts are still being tallied, but The Buffalo News can project Rochester will wake up Monday with a sizable early lead for the snowiest upstate city along the New York State Thruway in the winter season of 2016-17.
The Lilac City was being pounded by heavy lake-effect snow late Sunday night, and was bearing down on its all-time record for snowiest November day, when more than a foot of snow fell on Nov. 13, 1886, according to the National Weather Service.
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As of 10 p.m., nearly nine inches of snow was recorded at the Rochester International Airport as the area was picking up snowfall at rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.
Conversely, there was 0.9 inches measured at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as of 10 p.m., the weather service reported.
Syracuse received 5 inches of snow on Sunday, according to the weather service. And, Binghamton had already picked up 17.5 inches of its own.
All of Western New York, except for Niagara, northern Erie and Allegany counties remained under lake-effect snow warnings late Sunday night.
Niagara County, especially the northeastern corner, was put under a lake-effect snow advisory through 7 a.m. Monday with up to 6 inches of snow expected as bands of heavy lake effect snow were cutting a swath of land through the state off of Lake Ontario from the northwest to southeast.
Orleans, Genesee and Livingston counties were also getting belted.
Allegany County was also under a lake-effect snow advisory until 10 a.m. Monday.
There were no advisories, watches or warnings in northern Erie County.
The relative lack of snow depth compared to other areas is not to say that the Buffalo Niagara region escaped its share of snowfall in some spots.
Higher elevation areas of the Southern Tier and southern Erie County picked up impressive snow totals.
As of Sunday evening, East Concord had registered nearly a foot of snow. There was already nine inches in Bergen. In Batavia, 7.3 inches. And, Franklinville and Warsaw each picked up seven inches.