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Updated forecast calls for heavy snow in S. Tier, an inch or two for metro Buffalo

9:05 a.m. Jan 18

The latest National Weather Service forecast predicts only 1 to 2 inches of new snow in the metro Buffalo area between Monday morning and late Wednesday afternoon.

The heaviest snows are expected in portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, which will see between 12 and 18 inches of new snow, the weather service said.

Some portions of southern Erie County may see up to a foot of snow.

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6:37 a.m. Jan 18

Monday's morning and evening commutes around metro Buffalo will be mostly clear, as lake-effect snow bands stick north and south of the city.

The main roadways coming in from north of Buffalo early Monday were wet but mostly clear. Coming in from the Southtowns was a bit of a different story -- with packed snow and ice on Route 400 in West Seneca and parts of the mainline Thruway. The 190 between Buffalo and Niagara Falls had wet roads, with a vehicle in the ditch off the 190 South in front of the Dunlop plant in Tonawanda at about 5:40 a.m.

In terms of snowfall, the Buffalo metro area could see a few flurries throughout the day, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

High temperatures will only reach the mid-teens Monday, but due to the wind chill will feel "near zero" throughout the day, said Jon Hitchcock, weather service meteorologist.

Some lighter lake-effect snow bands will drop 2 to 3 inches of snow in Niagara and Orleans counties today, with another 2 to 3 inches falling tonight, Hitchcock said. A lake-effect snow advisory is in place for those two counties until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The heaviest lake-effect bands will hit the Southern Tier, with between 11 and 14 inches expected in areas of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties by the end of the Monday night.

The lake effect won't disappear but will weaken on Tuesday and Wednesday, with about another inch expected each day in the Southern Tier, Hitchcock said.

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