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Buffalo vaults to No. 4 on snowiest U.S. cities list; more expected today

It's rare that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport tops the regional lake-effect snow list.

But, a rare lake-effect snow squall coughed up by a mostly frozen Lake Erie on Wednesday dropped the most – nearly 4 inches – in Cheektowaga, according to reports published this morning by the National Weather Service.

That brought the snowfall total in Buffalo to 57.9 inches, which is about 7 inches more than normal by this time in the winter.

It also vaulted Buffalo into fourth-place among the nation's largest cities for snowfall. Buffalo trails only Erie, Pa., 138.5 inches; Syracuse, 77.5 inches; and Rochester, 62.7 inches on the list assembled by

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