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Colden tops Erie County's list for lake-effect snow; 7 inches in Allegany

Lake-effect snow tapered off after one last flurry in northeastern Erie County early this afternoon.

Accumulation totals varied widely across Western New York since the start of the snows Sunday.

Topping the list was Allegany in Cattaraugus County with 7 inches, according to a 2 p.m. statement by the National Weather Service.

In Erie County, Colden picked up 3.5 inches of snow followed by Sardinia, 2.5; Boston, 1.7; Amherst, 0.7 inches; Clarence Center, 0.5 inches; and Hamburg, 0.1 inch.

The Niagara Falls International Airport led the list in Niagara County with 1.9 inches of snow reported.

For a brief time anyway, there was moderate lake-effect snow falling in the Buffalo metro area, but it lasted less than two hours after a band of lake-effect precipitation migrated northward from the Southern Tier and fizzled out.

The heaviest of the lake-effect snow was falling east of the region, especially along the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Schools in Central New York even sent students home early Monday when snowfall rates picked up, according to a report by

After a warmer than average first week of November, a nearly two-week streak of cold has pushed this month's average to nearly 3 degrees below normal.

That's expected to continue for much of the rest of the month, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

Here's what to expect of the rest of this week:

Tonight: Flurries are possible, mainly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, with an overnight now in the upper 30s. Winds are forecast to shift from the southwest, with the temperature actually increasing overnight into the low 40s by daybreak Tuesday.

Tuesday: Clouds will increase and it will be windy, with southwesterly gusts over 40 mph possible, but it will be a rare (and short-lived) unseasonably warm day for this month with a high temperature forecast in the 50s, the weather service reported.

Tuesday night: Another storm system is forecast to cross through the Buffalo Niagara region, bringing up to a quarter-inch of rain possible through the early morning Wednesday before it changes to chances for rain and snow with dropping temperatures. Overnight low near 34 degrees.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, 37 degrees with northwesterly winds shifting to the northwest behind the passing cold front.

Thanksgiving Day: Temperatures are expected to start in the upper 20s but climb quickly to the upper 30s by noon and remain there for most of the afternoon. It's forecast to be mainly precipitation-free; however, chances for snow showers pick up after about 7 p.m.

The average temperature for Thanksgiving week in Buffalo is a high in the mid-40s with a low near freezing.

Despite the cooler than average month, Buffalo is behind schedule for recording its first inch of snow.

That usually happens by Nov. 18. Several "traces" of snow have been logged at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, but only 0.2 inch has been measured so far this season.

That's bound to change soon.



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