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Lake-effect snow poses tricky commute Wednesday afternoon

That lake-effect snow predicted for the last several days has arrived — just in time for a tricky Wednesday afternoon commute.

The National Weather Service says the band of snow that formed earlier over the relatively warm waters of Lake Erie will stay in place for much of Wednesday afternoon and into the evening, causing low visibility and slick conditions. Meteorologist David Zaff at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport said commuters in the Northtowns, City of Buffalo and points east will experience a “difficult,” but not overly challenging drive.

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The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said accumulations in the eastern end of the county had already caused three minor accidents around Akron, and deputies were advising caution.

“It will be time to take it easy,” Zaff said.

Those areas will see anywhere from a “dusting” to 3 to 5 inches, Zaff said, depending on the location. But some hilly areas south of the Southtowns should also brace for a possible 12 to 18 inches before it’s all over.

“It will stay in place for the next few hours and then make its way to the Southtowns after dark,” Zaff said. “For the Buffalo metro area, this will be the big event until we get more snow on Friday. It will be one semi-continuous band between now and Friday.”

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