The Buffalo metro area got its first measurable inch of snow Sunday as a "general snow" was expected to blanket all of Western New York with up to 5 inches by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A widespread snow from a weak storm to the west moved in Sunday and was expected to continue overnight, resulting in 3 to 5 inches "everywhere," said Bob Hamilton, a meteorologist for the Weather Service in Buffalo.
"This is not lake-effect," he said. "So everyone's getting it."
All of Western New York remained under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Monday. But the snowfall was not expected to have much of an impact on Monday morning's commute.
"I would not expect it to be a big deal, except for the side streets," Hamilton said.
The Weather Service at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga picked up 1.3 inches by early Sunday evening. Snowfall totals, however, were much higher in southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, where a lake-effect snow since Thursday had deposited more than 3 feet in some cases.
Perrysburg had 38 inches of snow, while 37.8 inches was recorded in East Concord, according to the latest totals from the Weather Service.
"The streets have been cleared in Springville throughout the snow event," said William J. Krebs, mayor of the village, which picked up 3 feet of snow since Thursday. "Saturday morning it was difficult to keep up with the heavy lake-effect but we never had a state of emergency or a travel ban and the plows kept the streets clear."
Village crews were focusing on plowing 31 miles of sidewalks, and hauling snow away from the curbs in the downtown area, he said.
"As the snow lets up the Streets Department will continue with the cleanup," he said.
Slippery road conditions contributed to a two-car collision Sunday morning on Grand Island, fire officials said. One driver was taken to Buffalo General Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, while the other driver was uninjured, officials said.
Meanwhile, the sledding hill at Chestnut Ridge park opened Sunday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said via Twitter. The Holiday Valley ski resort was open in Ellicottville, where 34 inches had fallen since Thursday.
"Snow making is ongoing as weather permits," according to a post on the resort's website. "We are open with four lifts and 15 slopes. More lifts and slopes coming on line as we make more snow. The long-range forecast is favorable."
"Cold and frequent snows" is the story for the remainder of the "unsettled" week, Hamilton said. Temperatures will dip below normal, mainly on Thursday, when highs are forecast to reach only in the teens, he said.