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Buffalo stakes slim early lead in 2017-18 state snowfall race

There is a lot of winter to be had between now and April, but Buffalo got on the snowfall board Tuesday.

Buffalo recorded 0.1 inch of snow Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

That means the first measurable snow, defined as one-tenth inch or more, came earlier than usual this year.

It doesn't happen typically happen until Nov. 8. The city usually records its first inch by Nov. 18.

Tuesday's snow came during a largely lake-effect rain event that transitioned to graupel and snow for periods during the afternoon.

West Seneca's 0.3 inches of snowfall topped Erie County's map as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. (CoCoRaHS)

Some spots farther south of the airport picked up a little bit more. A station near West Seneca recorded 0.3 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS.

The 0.1 inch of snow officially recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was enough to thrust Buffalo onto the nation's Top 10 list of snowiest cities with a population of at least 100,000 people, according to

Lakewood, Colo., leads the nation's 2017-18 snowfall race to date with 4.5 inches.

Buffalo's perennial in-state rivals in the annual snowfall race, Rochester and Syracuse, have not recorded any snowfall yet.

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