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Cold, blustery Friday in store; heavy lake-effect snow south

A band of heavy lake-effect snow was dropping up to an inch or more per hour with some thundersnow in southern Erie and northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Areas like Gowanda, Perrysburg and Forestville were some of the hardest hit areas. As much as eight inches of snow was already reported in Perrysburg as of late Thursday night. Those totals grew overnight.

The lake-effect snow band was set up in areas like Forestville, Gowanda and Springville this morning. (National Weather Service radar)

For the rest of the Buffalo Niagara region, Friday was expected to bring temperatures below freezing with gusty northwest winds up to 35 mph. That was expected to cut wind chills into the teens, forecasters said.

About an inch of additional snow accumulation was forecast at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today.

Areas where the lake-effect snow warning was in place, however, could continue to expect heavy snow during the day today with about a foot of new snow expected.

The National Weather Service warns that areas from Findley Lake to Eagle could expect up to 18 inches of new snow from this lake-effect event. (National Weather Service)

The New York State Thruway was reporting a crash in the westbound lanes between the Dunkirk-Fredonia and Westfield exits just after 5 a.m.

The New Year's Eve forecast for the Buffalo metro area continues to show temperatures in the low 30s with a brisk west wind that will drop wind chills into the lower 20s.



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