Kenmore is king with 22 inches of snow; WNY digs out after major winter storm

Some storm totals as his as 22 inches in Buffalo-Niagara region

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Snow, snow and more snow! The snow is being measured by the foot in spots with nearly two feet on the ground in spots across some of the most populated areas of the Buffalo-Niagara region.

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Even on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the heavy snow brought traffic to a crawl in spots and led to travel advisories and bands in many locations for a time Monday.

Only a Winter Weather Advisory remains posted for the southern portion of Erie County and southern tier through mid morning Tuesday.

"Officially at the airport we had a 19.2 inch storm total," National Weather Service meteorologist John Hitchcock tells WBEN early Tuesday morning. "There were numerous reports of 14 to 18 inches of snow from Buffalo southward," adds Hitchcock. "North of Buffalo, 18 to 20 inches was common across the airport and Tonawandas and into Niagara County. We had a 22.8 inch measurement in Kenmore."

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There will be a brief warm up for the area Wednesday with temperatures rising into the upper 30's. But it won't last long, as the deep freeze is again expected to return to the region late in the week.

"We turn much, much colder late in the week," says Hitchcock with highs in the teens into the weekend.

* WHAT...Lake effect snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches in the most persistent snows. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph will produce some blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
* WHERE...Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties.
* WHEN...Until 10 AM EST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions.
Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.
Periods of snow will result in snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.

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