Share this article

print logo

East Concord gets nearly a foot of snow

Winter's first blast left almost a foot in East Concord, but barely an inch of snow in the Buffalo metro area.

The snowfall does not appear to be moving.

That means those areas from the Boston hills south and along the Chautauqua ridge that did receive measurable amounts of snow continued to get snow through the day and overnight, said Jon Hitchcock, National Weather Service meteorologist.

But those who escaped the lake-effect bands will make out OK, with just another trace to an inch of more snow by Monday morning, he said.

Snow is heaviest along the high terrain in the Southern Tier, where roads were snow covered and slippery Sunday.

"Here, I think, roads will stay mainly wet today," said Hitchcock, who works out of the Buffalo weather station. "As soon as the sun sets this evening there may be some slick spots.

People around Western New York regions awoke to various amounts of snow Nov. 20. Here, snow dotted plants at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

People around Western New York regions awoke to various amounts of snow Nov. 20. Here, snow dots plants at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Snow totals in from weather watchers in Erie County as of 10:27 p.m. Sunday include 11.6 inches in East Concord, 1.8 inches in East Aurora and 0.9 inches at the Buffalo airport.

In Cattaraugus County, Franklinville received 7 inches and 9.5 inches was reported in Humphrey. In Genesee County, Bergen tallied 9 inches; Stafford, 7.6 inches; Batavia, 7.3 inches; and LeRoy, 2 inches.

In Wyoming County,  7 inches was reported at Warsaw, while Perry picked up 3 inches.

And while the snow is mainly to the south, chilly temperatures are present across the area.

"The temperatures are right about freezing, and there could be slick spots on untreated roads," National Weather Service Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said. "Just be careful."

Southern Erie, Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties remained under a lake-effect snow warning through 10 a.m. Monday. Those areas were expected to pick up an additional 2 to 4 inches of snow Sunday night, and an inch or less Monday.

The lake-effect warning also extends until 7 p.m Monday for southeastern Orleans and eastern Genesee counties where an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow was forecast for Sunday night, and up to 2 inches Monday.

Winds will be 20 mph to 30 mph, gusting up to 45 mph, producing significant blowing and drifting snow.

“Just wind and wires,” is how one public safety dispatcher described the calls coming in Sunday.  NYSEG reported 851 customers without power late Sunday, with 378 of those in Holland and 255 in Colden.

It was an easy night for highway crews in Concord, in southern Erie County.

“We’re doing well; we’re going home,” Highway Superintendent Dennis Dains said at about 7:35 a.m.

A couple of inches fell overnight in Concord, which often gets the brunt of lake-effect snow. Crews went out at 4:30 a.m. to plow and salt the 60 miles of roads they plow for the town and county. Dains said he plans to bring crews back at midday to “clean up the slop.”

“It’s just a normal day in southern Erie County,” he said.

But he added a word of caution: “It’s winter time. Watch where you’re going.”

Town of Yorkshire crews encountered wet, slippery snow early this morning, and dispatched it with plows and salt.

“For a first snow, it definitely wasn’t too bad,” Highway Superintendent Christopher Lexer said. “It’s still early.”

There were 2 to 3 inches in the hills, and a couple inches in the village area, he said.

“Right now the wind is blowing,” Lexer said.

Joseph Popiolkowski contributed to this story.

There are no comments - be the first to comment