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Lake-effect snow warning issued for northern Erie County on Tuesday

As snow is set to move into the metro area and north of the city as the evening commute gets underway, a lake-effect snow warning has been issued by the National Weather Service from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday in northern Erie County:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A LAKE EFFECT
SNOW WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM EST
TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN ERIE COUNTY.

* TIMING...THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT THROUGH 1 AM
  TUESDAY. THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE
  TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING
  WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNTS ACROSS THE SOUTHTOWNS. 4 TO 7 INCHES
  TUESDAY...AND UP TO 2 INCHES TUESDAY EVENING PRODUCING TOTALS OF
  6 TO 9 INCHES IN PERSISTENT BANDS IN THE SECOND EVENT.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH PRODUCING
  SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* VISIBILITIES...LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* IMPACTS...LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL RESULT IN 
  HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS...WITH SNOW COVERED ROADS AND 
  GREATLY REDUCED VISIBILITIES AT TIMES.

And this is just the beginning.

That's because an approaching Canadian clipper system passing through the Great Lakes will help redirect the lake-effect snow machine northward before bringing some of its own general snowfall across the region Tuesday. And after about 3 to 5 inches of snowfall Tuesday from that system, in will come another blast of cold, Arctic air to set up another round of lake-effect snow for Wednesday.

hamburg thruway at 4 pm

  • At 4 p.m. an accident was reported on the westbound side of the Thruway (Interstate 90) beyond Exit 57 (Hamburg), according to Niagara International Traffic Technology Coalition, which monitors traffic in the Buffalo area. A traffic camera from the area showed white-out conditions on the Thruway. The Thruway was closed earlier Monday near the Pennsylvania border.

When and where the second round of lake-effect snow will fall will be determined by the wind direction, but areas close to the Buffalo metro area could receive "some decent snowfall," according to a weather service forecast discussion.

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No estimates or warnings for that storm have yet been issued.

Monday's snowfall

Monday's lake-effect snows had moved into the far Buffalo Southtowns like Angola and Boston by late morning. Snowfall rates up to three inches per hour were reported in the heaviest part of the band.

After staying mostly stationary, the band is forecast to track farther north into the metro area by about 5 p.m. The Northtowns and even areas of Niagara County will be affected, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

The Town of Evans and Village of Angola issued travel advisories because of the heavy, lake-effect snow.

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A well-organized band of heavy lake-effect snow, up to three inches per hour, was falling this morning in Southern Erie County and across the western Southern Tier areas of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. (NWS radar)

Reports from Buffalo News reporters on location traveling south on Route 219 were that conditions deteriorated rapidly when passing from Hamburg into North Boston and then approaching Springville. About three miles from the Springville exit, near-whiteout conditions were reported and snow was quickly piling up on the roadway.

Nearby, in the Town of Boston, poor visibility was reported along Route 219 from north of Genesee Road near the Boston/Hamburg exit while the lake-effect snow band continued walloping that area.

Several vehicles were observed off of the road along a stretch of the roadway with most traffic moving about 20 mph or less.

A roughly 10-mile drive between Route 39 near Springville to Route 20A in Orchard Park took about 45 minutes, according to a Buffalo News reporter on the scene.

Not that far away, just light snowfall was reported in Orchard Park at 11 a.m.

A Buffalo News photographer traveling on Route 240 in the town of Concord reported there was already about a foot of snow on the ground. It was snowing steadily as of 11 a.m.

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