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Lake-effect band clears metro area in time for rush hour

The lake-effect snow band is in its dying stages.

The band that dropped several inches of snow over the Buffalo metro area over a short period of time late this morning and early this afternoon trekked northward as expected and started dissipating.

As of just before 5 p.m., only the southeastern corner of Niagara and southwestern Orleans counties were being affected by the band, which cleared out of Erie County just in time for the afternoon rush hour before the weekend.

The band cleared downtown Buffalo around 1:30 p.m. and was hitting metro areas north and east of the city just before 2 p.m., radar images showed. Just before 3 p.m., the towns of Tonawanda and Amherst were being affected along with the village of Kenmore and city of North Tonawanda. But, in the 4 o'clock hour, it continued heading northward as it broke up.

The lake-effect snow band that hit the Buffalo metro area earlier Friday, moved into Niagara and Orleans counties just before rush hour. (NWS Buffalo radar)

"It will continue to weaken and press to the north," Jim Mitchell, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said. "It's weakening as time goes on."

The National Weather Service reported that 3.3 inches of snow had fallen between the 1 and 2 p.m. hour.

Downtown, a nearly two-hour long squall began lightening up to flurries shortly after 1 p.m.


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The next weather system then moves in later tonight. It could arrive in time to affect traffic heading home from the Buffalo Sabres game at Key Bank Center.

It will bring a panoply of precipitation to the region through Sunday and roller-coaster temperatures.

First, snowfall should start in Buffalo by the middle of this evening.

Four more inches of snow is possible by mid-morning on Saturday before temperatures increase enough to change the precipitation over to rain.

Saturday will be warm, but wet. The daytime high is forecast to get into the upper 40s, about 10 degrees warmer than average.


What to expect over the next 36 hours


Rain's expected to continue in Buffalo until early Sunday before changing back to snow Sunday morning.

Only minor snow accumulations are forecast Sunday morning.

Snow should be out of the area by the time the Buffalo Bills kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at New Era Field at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The kickoff will be cold and a little windy though.

Conditions expected area temperatures in the low to mid 20s with a northwest breeze that will drop wind chills down to near 10 degrees.

Even so, it'll still be warmer than the secondary ticket market for the game, according to reports.

Ticket prices are falling into the single digits.





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