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Accumulations from winter’s first snow event vary

Snow accumulations across the region ranged from little to none to up to a foot during the first lake effect snow event of the winter.

As of Tuesday afternoon, northwestern sections of Warren County, Erie County and northern Crawford County saw accumulations of two-to-four inches, with some areas seeing much more.

“There was as much as a foot of snow in some areas,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Steinbugl said, referring to Erie County. “It tapers off pretty significantly in southern and eastern parts of Warren County. The heaviest snow was definitely in Erie County.”

The snow event wasn’t over as of the evening. A lake effect snow warning was still in effect across the region until 1 a.m. Wednesday. Snow was still expected to accumulate overnight, with some periods of heavy snow.

According to Steinbugl, most of Warren County would see little additional accumulation.

“There’s still some variability as we get through the rest of this event,” he said. “It depends on how the bands shift.”

Steinbugl said he predicted snow bands would shift northward as the event progressed.

“It’s shifting up into southern New York and Erie County overnight,” he said. “Tomorrow, mid-day, (it) will shift mostly to New York.”

The weather service predicted a slight chance of snow Wednesday afternoon, with temperatures gradually rising into the end of the week. Highs in the 40s and lows in the upper 30s were expected. However, precipitation is likely to continue.

“Expect a seasonal warm-up later in the week,” Steinbugl said. “Expect some rain.”

Into the weekend, the forecast calls for rain Thursday through Friday nights and mostly cloudy weather Saturday, with more rain predicted Sunday.

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