The heaviest lake-effect snow of the season so far for the Great Lakes will be continue to wind down overnight tonight. The snow has been measured in feet rather than inches in some areas to the lee of the lakes.
The heaviest lake-effect snow band was set up to the lee of Lake Ontario for most of the day on Saturday. The band of snow marched southward as the wind turned more out of the northwest rather than straight from the west.
Nearly two feet of snow covered Northern Chateau in the Tug Hill Plateau of northern New York state by Saturday afternoon.
Snow has now ended across those hard-hit communities to the lee of Lake Ontario, and is quickly winding down east of Lake Erie across far southwest New York.
The heaviest snow downwind of Lake Erie has been over the ski country located to the south of Buffalo, and this is where snow showers will continue to fly into tonight. An light accumulation of snow is possible with leftover snow showers.
The highest snow totals south of Buffalo were around 10 inches as of Saturday evening.
AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dale Mohler was out in the field early Saturday morning and reported thunder and lightning with heavy snow falling near Hamburg, N.Y.
"Thunder and lightning typically accompanies snow falling at very heavy rates of 2-3 inches an hour," according to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.
Buffalo itself was blanketed by 1.6 inches of snow from this lake-effect snow event.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger pointed out that the snow Buffalo received on Friday was the first measurable snow of the season there. According to Deger, "the city's last snow occurred 271 days ago on Feb. 28, six days shy of setting the record for most consecutive snow-free days."
AccuWeather.com meteorologists have been warning for a week now about this being the heaviest round of lake-effect snow since last winter.
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