That long-rumored, widely forecast dumping of measurable snow began overnight and is expected to continue throughout today, ending a snow drought.
The National Weather Service reported a tenth of an inch of snow in Cheektowaga overnight, but other areas received up to 4 inches until about 7 a.m. today. Those snowfall amounts included 4 inches in Warsaw, in Wyoming County; 3.3 inches in Sherman, Chautauqua County; and 2 inches in Colden.
All areas, though, were expected to be pelted today.
"Right now, we have some lake-enhanced snow coming into the Buffalo area," National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel said shortly after 9 a.m. "Most people are going to see an inch or two of snow today."
Some areas, in the Niagara-Orleans region and in the Southern Tier, were expected to get a heavier dose.
A winter-weather advisory remains in effect throughout Western New York until 6 p.m. tonight, largely because of the fairly drastic drop in temperatures that passed below the freezing mark overnight. Those lower temperatures left many roads and parking lots frozen over this morning.
The weather service, at its office in Cheektowaga, reported that the temperature dipped from 35 degrees at 3 a.m. to 26 degrees three hours later.
Meanwhile, early projections for New Year's Eve call for mostly cloudy conditions with lows about 34 and then rain and snow showers with highs near 40 on New Year's Day.
As of Wednesday night, there had only been 3 inches of measurable snow recorded this season at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The normal for this time of year? 32 inches.
"It's just the way the atmosphere is set up," meteorologist Jeff Wood said. "We're in this pattern."
[Published: 9:40 AM]
[Updated: 11:42 AM]