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Heavy snows wind down in Buffalo, light snowfall to persist this PM

The winter storm that dropped several inches over the Buffalo Niagara region this morning is on its way east.

The western edge of the storm was still affecting the region about 1 p.m. today, but weather radar showed the heaviest of the snowfall was already past the metro Buffalo area.

The moderate snowfall will "diminish in intensity from west to east," the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said to expect light snowfall to persist throughout the region this afternoon.

"Snowfall will coat roads quickly resulting in slippery driving conditions on area roadways," the weather service said.

Snowiest day of the winter could come Wednesday

A winter weather advisory runs through 4 a.m. Thursday for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Orleans and Genesee counties. Total snowfall amounts are projected to be about 4 to 8 inches.

A winter storm warning is posted for Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Those areas could receive as much as 10 inches of new snow, forecasters said.

The storm, which moved up through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early this morning, quickly tracked northeastward.

It brought tornadoes to Alabama, thunderstorms along the East Coast, freezing rain and ice to places like Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. today and snow across the eastern Great Lakes into New England.

The winter storm affected areas from the Deep South to New England. (NASA/NOAA)

The Buffalo Niagara region was on the cold side of the storm, which is why it was all snow in Western New York.

The storm was expected to continue to affect central and eastern New York later today.

In Buffalo, temperatures will top out in the mid 20s today with overnight lows around 12 degrees.

The snow is expected to taper off Thursday with just a chance of snow showers.

And, you can thank the recent cold for re-freezing Lake Erie for that.

How iced over is Lake Erie today? More than 90 percent

Behind the synoptic snowstorm that's afflicting Western New York today, forecast models show a southwesterly flow of air developing.

Ordinarily, that could spell trouble with lake-effect snow development.

"A nearly frozen Lake Erie will result in very limited snow accumulations," the weather service said.

Another synoptic system headed for the area Friday into Saturday has the potential to bring back a few more inches of snow.

This week's snows, including the 3 inches recorded as of 1 p.m. today, have pushed the city's seasonal snowfall total over 75 inches.

Meanwhile, the nation's large city leader for snowfall, Erie, Pa., continues to add to its seasonal snow totals.

The northwestern Pennsylvania city topped the 150 inch mark today, according to National Weather Service tabulations.

Erie still has about 50 inches to go to catch Buffalo, however, for the snowiest winter on record among the nation's largest cities.

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