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New daily snowfall record set at Buffalo: 7.1 inches (and counting)

A daily record for snowfall was broken in Buffalo on Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m., the Buffalo Niagara International Airport picked up 7.1 inches.

That was enough to set the daily record for snowfall before noon. The former record, 6.6 inches, was set Feb. 16, 1993.

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Update: 1:14 p.m.

Some Cattaraugus County courts are closing early today because of the weather.

Cattaraugus County Family Court and Salamanca City Court closed at 1 p.m. Olean City Court closes at 2 pm.


Update: 12:30 p.m.

Here's a look at the conditions on Route 400:


 

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Update: 11:12 a.m.

Feb. 16, 2016, needed only 11 hours to set a new daily record for snowfall at Buffalo.

The National Weather Service reported that 7.1 inches has fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as of 11 a.m.

That eclipses the former mark of 6.6 inches set Feb. 16, 1993.


Update: 9:21 a.m.

Six inches of snow has officially fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today, according to the National Weather Service.

That's just 0.6 inches away from the daily record for Feb. 16. On Feb. 16, 1993, there was 6.6 inches of snowfall.

The half-foot has also allowed Buffalo to leap-frog New York City, Denver and Flint, Mich. in the Golden Snow Globe National Snow Contest. Buffalo, now at 41.2 inches, resides in 7th place.

Before the snow starts finally moving out of Western New York this afternoon, several more inches are expected to be added to that total.


Update: 7:48 a.m.

Here's a look at the 290 in Tonawanda:


Update: 7:40 a.m.

Traffic on highways through Western New York is moving slowly, a look at the NITTEC traffic map shows, though the only  reported incident at the moment appears to be a disabled vehicle on the Thruway ramp to the 400. The left lane there is closed.

Snow is still coming down at a decent clip in the Village of Hamburg, where 6 to 8 inches have been reported on the ground.

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Update: 7:30 a.m.

Here's what the Thruway looks like by Walden:

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Update: 7:20 a.m.

The driver of the car that crashed into a city plow truck early this morning went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Buffalo police report.

Accident investigators said the car was eastbound on Clinton when it crossed over and struck the westbound plow's blade.

No charges have been filed.


Update: 7:15 a.m.

Traffic on the eastbound Thruway is going about 15-20 mph near William.


 

Moderate snowfall and snow-covered roads and highways are greeting drivers for the early-morning commute on Tuesday.

Accumulation on the roadways is making for slower speeds and slick driving. There were numerous reports of vehicles off the road and having spun out on several highways.

The clearest road surfaces on the southbound I-190 between Niagara Falls and Buffalo were on each of the Grand Island bridges. Only in spots was the driving surface down to the pavement.

The route from the Southtowns into the city is no different. It's been tough to make out driving lanes on Route 400, the mainline Thruway and the I-190 north.

A snow plow and a vehicle crashed near Clinton and Emslie streets in Buffalo shortly before 6 a.m., and one person was taken to the hospital. One car spun out on the I-190 south before the Niagara Street exit before 5 a.m. One lane on the outbound Kensington past the Thruway was briefly closed around 5:30 a.m.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says there may be some weather delays on bus routes.

The National Weather Service forecasts 4 to 6 more inches of snow for metro Buffalo between 6 a.m. and noon. Here's the forecast map for the region:

Snowfall forecast for 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday. (National Weather Service)

Snowfall forecast for 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday. (National Weather Service)

The heaviest snowfall period of the storm was the early morning, making for a tricky morning commute.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 p.m.

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