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Buffalo stays snow-free until Saturday

Lake-effect snow throughout Friday will add another four to eight inches to Southern Tier counties, but Buffalo and suburban towns are not expected to get any significant snowfall, said David Thomas, meteorologist for National Weather Service.

"Light snow showers will bring no accumulation to the city," Thomas said. That would be the case for the suburbs of Cheektowaga, West Seneca and Lancaster too.

The same cannot be said for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, which already have one to two feet on the ground.

"The lake bands will linger in that area through Friday night," Thomas said. "Expect an additional three to six inches by Saturday morning."

The first chance for Buffalo to receive snow will be Saturday, when a band of flurries is expected to shift toward the city during the evening and may stay throughout the night bringing two inches of snow.

Buffalo Bills fans heading to New Era Field on Sunday will experience light snow throughout the day. This snow will be generated from a system coming from the Plains.

"Look for one to three inches on Sunday," Thomas said.

The overnight low in the Buffalo area was 26 degrees.

A band of lake effect snow hit Niagara County midmorning Friday. Also affected were Northwestern Livingston, Genesee, Northeastern Wyoming, Southeastern Monroe and Orleans counties.

Lockport experienced what could turn out to be its first accumulating snow of the season. Snow started falling about 8:45 a.m. and quickly made roads slick with a slight covering, As of 9:30 a.m. less than half an inch had fallen in the city.

Snow levels as of 10:30 a.m. Friday are:

Erie

  • East Concord - 15.5 inches
  • Sardinia - 11 inches
  • Collins - 10 inches
  • Springville - 5 inches
  • North Boston - 4.1 inches
  • Blasdell - 1.9 inches
  • Hamburg - 0.1 inches

Cattaraugus County

  • Perrysburg - 19.1 inches
  • Gowanda - 12 inches
  • Little Valley - 11.5 inches
  • Franklinville - 6.5 inches

Chautauqua

  • Forestville - 12 inches
  • Frewsburg - 11 inches
  • Jamestown - 9.2 inches
  • Fredonia - 4.6 inches

Orleans

  • Holley - 4 inches

Wyoming

  • Warsaw - 11 inches

The sun will take much of the weekend off, said Thomas, with mostly cloudy skies throughout the weekend. Temperatures are not likely to break the freezing mark with highs from the upper 20s to 30.

School closings in the Southern Tier included Falconer, Frewsburg and Gowanda central; Jamestown public schools, and Randolph Academy in Hamburg.

 

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