From 1 to 2 feet of snow clobbered communities south of the Queen City, shutting down at least a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 90.
Steering winds from the southwest drove cold air and a 10-mile-wide band of intense snow northward into the city limits Wednesday.
The snow threatens to clog city streets and close more highways around the region.
A general 6 to 12 inches of snow is forecast for the downtown area. However, where the band persists for more than a few hours, over a foot of new snow can fall.
As winds swing around to more of a westerly direction later today and this evening, the band of heavy snow will shift southward once again through the southern suburbs and South Towns.
Eventually, the band, or a new band, of heavy snow will blast the ski country of western New York later tonight and Friday.
This is not the first lake-effect snow event of the season, and will certainly not be the last, as progressively colder air will flow over the region during the next couple of weeks.
As Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity pointed out recently, people in the snowbelts around the Great Lakes will need some heavy duty snow removal, and will be measuring snow by the yard during December.
Persistence of the cold air during December will lead to plenty of opportunities for snow, not only around the Great Lakes, but also for much of an area from the northern Plains to the Northeast via storms.
Bone-chilling air, rain and even some snow will impact the Great Lakes and Northeast this Halloween, while another storm hits the Northwest and warmth prevails in the Southwest.
While rain could deter voter turnout on Election Day in part of the Central states and the Northwest, dry weather is in store in the East and the balance of the West.
The 44th running of the New York City Marathon will get underway early Sunday morning with cold and blustery conditions.
Following last year's harsh winter season, which shattered snowfall, temperature and maintenance expenditure records across the country, transportation departments have been amassing supplies in preparation of winter's icy return.
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Rain will finally make a return to drought-stricken California by the weekend with rain reaching all the way down into Southern California.
Hanes Junction, Yukon Terr., Canada (1949)
Most snowfall in a climatological day in the Yukon: 26.5 inches.
Gulf Coast (1985)
A total of 5-10 inches of rain (27th-30th) common across coastal Texas and Louisiana from Hurricane Juan.
January-like cold during October: Butte 23 degrees Cut Bank 15 degrees West Yellowstone 15 degrees