The snow – and slush – is here.
Western New Yorkers woke up Thursday to snowy and slushy conditions via a storm that was forecast to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow overnight but fell well short of that range.
The storm began at around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, spreading northeastward from Pennsylvania and Ohio and extending across all eight Western New York counties by 11 p.m.
Temperatures are expected to plunge to the single-digits tonight, when another round of snow is also due.
The National Weather Service's snowfall totals for the storm as of 9:46 a.m. were led by Holland at 2.3 inches. The 24-hour snowfall totals saw 2.5 inches in Eden with many other locales in Erie County registering 1.5. Jamestown saw 4.2 inches in Chautauqua County while Alfred saw 5.5 in Allegany County.
The Erie County Department of Public Works, through its Twitter account, reported in the predawn hours of wet snow, ranging from heavy snow to light snow in various areas, but said that all roads are passable.
DPW reported Thursday morning of 2 inches of wet snow in Clarence and similar accumulations in Hamburg.
The Hamburg District Has 8 trucks out clearing roads, light snow continues to fall. Road Conditions range from wet to lightly slush covered making traveling conditions fair to good. Please drive a safe speed for conditions and give snow removal equipment plenty of room to work.
— Erie County DPW (@ErieCountyDPW) February 13, 2020
While light snow continued Thursday morning, the storm was expected to dissipate by the afternoon before another round of snow, of the lake-effect variety, begins Thursday evening.
"Widespread snow will taper off over the next few hours this morning," the National Weather Service's Buffalo office tweeted Thursday morning, "then attention turns to lake effect snow. A strong cold front, with minor snowfall, will swing across our region this evening and usher in a colder air mass that will generate lake effect snow through Friday."
Drivers were warned to beware of slippery highway conditions. Forecasters said the morning commute will be slower than usual.
Widespread snow will taper off over the next few hours this morning, then attention turns to lake effect snow. A strong cold front, with minor snowfall, will swing across our region this evening and usher in a colder airmass that will generate lake effect snow through Friday. pic.twitter.com/0ClRf9M3yH
— NWS Buffalo (@NWSBUFFALO) February 13, 2020
Another 1 to 3 inches of snow may fall Thursday evening, as temperatures plunge into the lower teens from a daytime high near freezing. The low Thursday night for Buffalo was forecast to be 9 degrees.
The return of sunshine Friday will be accompanied by some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter. According to the National Weather Service, readings will stay in the mid-teens during the day and dip back into the single digits Friday night.