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As snow inch count rises, no relief until Wednesday night

This snowstorm just won’t go away.

After setting a record Tuesday, it’s kept piling on, adding 3 to 5 inches more overnight and promising another couple of inches today before it finally stops tonight.

“It’s right on target,” National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said Tuesday evening. “We’re getting what was forecast.”

Along with the snow, today will be cold, with temperatures in low to mid 20s, and blustery.

Northwest winds gusting to 30 mph will produce white-outs and wind chills near zero.

Nevertheless, things should start getting back to normal.

At Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where many arrivals and departures were canceled Tuesday, a majority of the flights were expected to resume today.

Truckers were looking forward to a green light from transportation officials to end the ban on tractor-trailers that was issued Tuesday morning for Interstate 90, I-190 and the Southern Tier Expressway.

Tractor-trailer driver Karmen Clency parked her rig in between local runs as National Guard military police companies from Rochester wait out the snow storm at the Sunoco truck stop on Walden Avenue at the I-90, in Cheektowaga on Tuesday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

In Genesee County, however, the Sheriff’s Office issued a travel advisory Tuesday evening telling motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel for the next 24 hours.

Most schools in Western New York were closed Tuesday, including the University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State.

Many schools, including the Buffalo Public Schools, decided Tuesday night to cancel classes again today.

By late evening Tuesday, the weather service had measured 12.7 inches of snow since midnight at the airport in Cheektowaga, almost doubling the old record for the date.

The previous mark was 6.5 inches set in 1998.

That brought the official storm total at the airport, including Monday night’s snow, to 14.2 inches. By the time the storm is over, totals of up to 18 inches are expected.

As of 10 p.m., this was the eighth largest snowfall recorded on any one day in March at the Buffalo airport.

The most ever came on St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, when 17.99 inches fell. That was before official measurements began to be taken at the Buffalo airport.

There, the one-day snowfall record for the month was 15.1 inches on March 11, 1992.

The storm also has brought the monthly snow total over 20 inches, more than January (11 inches) or February (5 inches) and well past the average for March in Buffalo, which is an even foot.

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