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.
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