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Main snowstorm will miss Western New York

Western New York will be sitting safely on the sidelines while the eastern part of the state battles a crippling snowstorm Tuesday.

The National Weather Service says that most of our region can expect an inch or two of snow overall from the edge of the storm, with snow showers diminishing Tuesday from west to east. It will be cold, with a daytime high around 20 and overnight lows in the single digits.

The only people locally to feel the impact of the big storm will be travelers heading east.

Almost all flights heading from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to airports in New York City, Philadelphia, Newark and Boston have been canceled.

People with bus or train reservations along the Northeast Corridor are strongly encouraged to keep a close eye on conditions and make any necessary changes in advance of their scheduled departure. Amtrak has suspended its New England service for Tuesday and will offer only limited service in the New York City area.

Meanwhile, Erie County is ready to help downstate dig out.

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz spoke with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Sunday night and offered the county’s assistance, said Peter Anderson, a Poloncarz spokesman.

Numerous trucks, plows and rescue personnel from the downstate area were brought upstate to battle the November snowstorm and Erie County is ready to return the favor.

“The governor said he would call back the county executive if that was needed,” Anderson said.

News Staff Reporter Janice Habuda contributed to this report.