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WNY's top five biggest snowstorms of 2016-17

As the season's first winter storm approaches, let's take a look back at the biggest storms of last winter.

No. 1: March 13 to 15

It's Winter Madness in Buffalo, baby!

One of Buffalo's snowiest March days ever on March 14 brings a record-breaking 13.2 inches to the metro area.

And it wasn't even a lake-effect snowstorm.

The storm, dubbed Winter Storm Stella, affected much of the Northeast.

Flights into Buffalo were canceled, schools were closed and teams traveling to Buffalo for the NCAA's March Madness had to adjust their travel schedules.

No. 2: Jan. 4 to 8

(Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

Traffic was frozen in place across the Buffalo Southtowns, and schoolchildren were kept overnight in some districts.

Snow totals of about 2 feet were reported in places like Hamburg, Blasdell and West Seneca.

No. 3: The middle December 2016 storms, Dec. 8 to 11 and Dec. 14 to 16

Traffic, blowing snow, poor visibility and slick roads on commute on Fisk Road near Transit Road in Pendleton. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

An Arctic blast brought the first heavy lake-effect snowstorm of the season to metro Buffalo area.

It happened on the heels of another large lake-effect storm that blitzed the Southern Tier and southern Erie County just a few days earlier.

That storm left 38 inches of snow in places like Perrysburg between Dec. 8 and 11. In Erie County, East Concord was the leader with 37.8 inches, Springville got 36 inches and Colden had 25.8 inches.

There was 15.9 inches of snow reported at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport over three days starting Dec. 14.

No. 4: Dec. 29 to 31, 2016

Sheena Davis walks to work off Kenmore and Starin Avenues on Dec. 29, 2016. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

A little more than 3 inches of snow fell in Buffalo over the last three days of 2016, but the Southern Tier measured its snowfall over a foot in many places.

There was 15 inches in Franklinville and at Allegany State Park, for instance, and a foot in Little Valley.

No. 5: Nov. 20 to 21, 2016

Heavy lake-effect snow off of Lake Ontario pounded parts of upstate New York not called Buffalo. (NWS radar image)

Lake-effect snow warnings colored nearly the entire map of upstate New York, but the Buffalo metro area mostly watched as other areas got slammed.

The northwesterly flow that the National Weather Service reports was embedded within a "large-scale synoptic system" brought heavy lake-effect snow off Lake Ontario with connections to other lakes upstream.

Less than an inch fell at the airport, while places like Concord and the Boston Hills measured a foot of snow, Rochester picked up nearly 15 inches of snow and Binghamton got nearly 18 inches.

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