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Winter storm warning winding down; what to expect through Wednesday

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 07:09:20-04

Many are waking up Wednesday with a foot of snow on the ground from a storm system that began Monday evening.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo recorded a record amount of snow for March 14th, 13.2".   Some areas picking up a foot and a half so far in Gasport, Rapids in Niagara county is over 16 inches and North Tonawanda is over a foot as well.

As snow continues to fall here's what we can expect for the day.

Snow continues for the morning commute at a light to moderate rate as the Winter Storm Warning remains in place.  Snow begins to taper off after the noon hour and eventually ends for Genesee and Orleans county near dinner time.

The Niagara Frontier picks up an additional 3-6 inches, the higher end of that will be Genesee and Orleans counties where the snow showers taper off near 5pm.

The Metro Area and north-towns 2-3" and southtowns between 1-3 inches.  Snow tapers off between 3 and 4pm from west to east.

Southern Erie county, the Boston hills and Chautauqua Ridge, 2-4 inches.  Snow tapers off between 3 and 4pm from west to east.  Some limited lake effect sets up across Chautauqua county later in the evening.

Extreme southern-tier and northern Pennsylvania 1-2 inches.  Most of the general snowfall will be gone around noon.

The other factor for the day will be the winds, gusting to 40-45mph along the lake Ontario shoreline and near 30-35mph elsewhere.  The light fluffy snow on the ground will blow considerably, especially across open areas of the thruway and open fields.  Blowing and drifting snow will be highest through 9pm for areas around Buffalo and last into the overnight near lake Ontario.