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SNOW DEEP TO SOUTH, FAR LESS IN CITY

A lake-effect snow band blanketed Chautauqua County with up to 9 inches of snow Thursday and early today, but the more immediate Buffalo area received less than 2 inches.

Rain and snow are predicted for the next several days, as temperatures hover around the freezing mark. The most significant accumulations are expected well south of Buffalo, with little more than an inch or two forecast for the city.

Even so, "The pattern is still very cold for the season," said Steve McLaughlin, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Normal highs this time of year typically are in the low 40s, he said.

Snowfall totals included 9 inches in Dunkirk and 7 inches in Sinclairville. Six inches fell in northwestern Cattaraugus County, and 3 inches had accumulated in parts of southern Erie County and into Wyoming County, with 7 inches in Eden. Just 1.4 inches fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The wintry weather will affect parking for Sunday's Buffalo Bills game against the Miami Dolphins.

Satellite parking near Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park is expected to be reduced by about 25 percent, the Erie County Sheriff's Department has announced.

Wet and snowy conditions reduce parking spaces on private driveways and lawns near the stadium, Sheriff Patrick M. Gallivan said. Excess snow may eliminate some parking spaces in the main lots. He suggested carpooling, game buses or other public transportation to reduce the number of vehicles traveling to the stadium.

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