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Trace snow spotted at Buffalo airport; more east of metro area

Some of the first snowflakes of the season flew around the Buffalo Niagara International Airport late Wednesday night into early this morning.

It wasn't enough to be officially measured for statistical purposes, but other areas near Batavia did get measurable snow.

"Here at the airport, we had a trace of snow," said Dave Thomas, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

It's the first trace of snow for the season in Buffalo.

About a half-inch of snow was measured near Batavia, Thomas said.

The Rochester airport logged 0.9 inches with 1-to-2 inch amounts reported in some Finger Lakes communities.


The first trace of snow of the season was recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport late Wednesday night. (National Weather Service)

Surface temperatures only dropped to 34 degrees at the airport overnight, however, it was colder just a few thousand feet above the ground.

Data shows the temperature was below 30 degrees about a half-mile up, which would allow for the development of snow.

"Because it was such a shallow layer (of above-freezing air), it wasn't warm enough to melt it," Thomas said.

A rain-snow mix was forecast east of Buffalo for this morning in places like Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties, but the precipitation was expected to return to all rain by later this morning as temperatures warmed into the 40s.


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