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How snow will affect your Thursday afternoon commute home

It may not be snowing when you leave work Thursday from downtown Buffalo or the Northtowns.

But if your afternoon commute takes you to the Southtowns, be prepared.

Snow has been falling anywhere from one to two inches an hour this afternoon in pockets of the Southtowns, according to the National Weather Services. That includes places like Hamburg, Blasdell, East Aurora, Orchard Park, Eden, Boston and Holland. One spotter in Marilla recorded 13-1/2 inches of snow.

"The main band is sitting right over southern Erie County extending into Wyoming County," said Jim Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. "If you're heading anywhere from that Hamburg-East Aurora line south, you're going to be in snow during the commute."

The Erie County Sheriff's Office reported slippery conditions this afternoon on Route 400, where some vehicles were off the road, but indicated no serious travel conditions elsewhere.

That snow band will be moving more south this evening, Mitchell said, before it heads back north into Buffalo by around 5 a.m. Friday - just in time for the morning commute to work.

The snow will stick around long enough to drop maybe 1 to 3 inches on the city before heading north into Niagara County, Mitchell said.

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