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Winter weather advisory of snow/freezing rain extended through 6 a.m. Friday

5:30 p.m. Jan. 14

A winter weather advisory has been modified and is now in effect through 6 a.m. Friday for much of Western New York.

The National Weather Service warns that snow and freezing drizzle are a possibility for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.

"The combination of light snow and freezing drizzle can create slick roads, bridges, ramps and overpasses," the advisory states. "A slippery glaze is possible on untreated walks."

Severe winter weather is not anticipated, the service noted.



10:34 a.m. Jan 14

Some snow accumulation totals from the last 24 hours from around the region (full map):

  • Cheektowaga: 10.7 inches
  • Buffalo: 9 inches
  • Clarence Center: 9 inches
  • Hamburg: 8.1 inches

For the complete list, check out the full map.


9:31 a.m. Jan. 14

City residents are continuing their efforts to dig out from the snow.


9:19 a.m. Jan. 14

A Springville-Griffith school bus with eight students aboard and a car crashed on Route 240 in West Falls on Thursday morning. No one was injured.


7:56 a.m. Jan 14

Drivers on the I-290, the I-90 near Buffalo and Route 400 Expressway report typical morning rush-hour delays.

Side streets in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood appear to be in good shape, with plows having been by at least twice in some spots.

Traffic at many spots in the Southtowns is a little under-speed but steady, with wet pavement on the main roads.


7:30 a.m. Jan. 14

NITTEC traffic maps show traffic is moving very slowly on area highways; no accidents have been reported so far.

In the City of Buffalo, a Public Works employee told The News, "The main streets are great; it's the side streets that need to be cleared."


6:30 a.m. Jan. 14

Around 8 to 10 inches of snow fell overnight, but the plows and salt trucks are out and commuters will see wet but clear roads on their way into work on Thursday morning.

Light snow was falling around the Buffalo metro area, but that will stop until a general snowfall brings a half-inch to an inch later this afternoon into this evening across Western New York.

[What to expect in the next 36 hours (and beyond)]

Lake-effect snow is still hitting areas in Chautauqua County at an inch to 1.5 inches an hour, but those bands will dissipate over the next several hours. This week's snowy spurt of winter weather is winding down.

"Generally, we're out of the woods as far as any heavy snow," said Shawn Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

Highways including the I-190, I-290, I-990 and the I-90 in metro Buffalo were reported to be clear during the early-morning commute.

The widespread light snow across Western New York later today will be associated with a warm front that's going to come through the area.

Today's high temperature will climb to around 30, Smith said, and tonight will stay fairly mild. There's a possibility, depending on the timing of the frontal passage, that there may be some freezing drizzle at some point tonight.

Temperatures will slowly rise overnight, and Friday is still expected to be mild with highs in the lower 40s. There will also be rain showers around.

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But the warm-up with be short-lived, with colder air coming back Saturday.

The lake-effect bands traveled north and hit Buffalo and the Northtowns late last night and through the early morning hours. Around 8 inches fell overnight in the Town of Tonawanda, with about 6 inches reported on Grand Island and about 6 in Elma.

Forecasters at the weather service predict another round of lake-effect snow next week, but the precise locations are still to be determined.

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