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Snowiest day of the winter could come Wednesday

Expect a snowy day Wednesday – maybe even the snowiest of the season.

It could snow as much as a half-foot in the Buffalo Niagara region. Up to a foot could fall a little farther south and east, including in places like Warsaw, Olean and Wellsville.

Winter storm to bring about 6 inches of snow to Buffalo Niagara, more to the east

It will be Buffalo’s 42nd day of snow this winter. That’s a couple days more than average. But, it could be worse. Only twice this winter have there been days of at least 5 inches of snow recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Since the winter of 2000-01, this is the seventh time there’s been so few days of 5-inch snows or more.

“It’s not all that unusual. It does happen,” said Dan Kelly, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

What is unusual about it? All of those other years recorded below-average seasonal snowfall by this time of the year. So far, this winter has been about 7 inches snowier than normal.

The most snow at the Buffalo airport so far came on Jan. 17, when 6.3 inches fell. A 5-inch snowfall happened on Dec. 15.

“A lot of our snowfalls have been smaller events,” Kelly said.

The slow-and-steady approach to this season’s snowfall has Buffalo listed fourth on the list of snowiest large cities in the nation, according to GoldenSnowGlobe.com.

As of noon Tuesday, the weather service recorded 72.1 inches of snowfall at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The cities ahead of Buffalo are all neighbors. Erie, Pa., leads with 146.1 inches. Syracuse recorded 94.6 inches and Rochester notched 72.9 inches.

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