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Second wave of lake-effect snow hits Buffalo

Here we go again.

The second lake-effect snow this week swept down from Niagara Falls and over Grand Island and started pelting the Lake Erie shoreline from the Pennsylvania border to downtown Buffalo and inland to Cheektowaga at about 10 p.m.

“It looks like it’s pretty moderate,” said National Weather Service meteorologist technician Steve Welch said.

Thundersnow and strong winds were blasting downtown.

The snow was expected to continue to hit in the area through midnight but how long it stayed would depend on how the winds set up, Welch said.

At about 10:45 p.m. snow was reported in Orchard Park.

The storm will keep heading south through the predawn hours and is likely to settle back over the same area that was buried in 5 feet of snow during the first storm that started Monday and ended this morning. Totals from this new storm in these areas could be as high as 30 inches.

This second round of lake-effect started about 9 p.m. in Niagara Falls and was falling at a rate of roughly half an inch to an inch per hour.

Thundersnow also was reported, which Welch said is evidence of at least a “fairly moderate” snowfall. Thunder was also reported in Grand Island.

In the meantime, reports of some roof collapses were coming in to emergency responders. Hamburg Town Police were dealing with what was believed to be a partial roof collapse at the BJ’s Wholesale Club on Milestrip Road in Hamburg.

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