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Heavy snows arrive; storm warning not as far reaching, wet snow back to rain in Buffalo

It appears the spring snow storm grip has loosened its hold on the entire Western New York region.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has downgraded storm warning.  It will now be in effect until 7 a.m. Tuesday for ONLY Southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming & Allegany Counties. 

The warning was dropped for Northern Erie and Genesee Counties.

For Southern Erie, Chautauqua, Allegany, Wyoming and Cattaraugus Counties 8 to 16 inches of snow fall is possible.  

The storm system created some heavy wet snow fall.  It caused some downed trees and power lines in the Chautauqua County town of Frewsburg Monday morning.  

The City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works began preparing Sunday for the snow.  Crews worked on plows and are prepared to treat city streets in anticipation of the snow fall. 

Rain began to transition into snow overnight and into Monday morning in areas south of the city including Orchard Park.  Rain changed into heavy snow flakes before 10 a.m. Monday in downtown Buffalo. 

Snowfall accumulations of up to a half an inch per hour through 10 p.m. Monday is expected.

Rain mixed with snow across the lower elevations will continue to slowly transition over to snow for most locations.  Rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch per hour can be expected before turning to snow.

Winds of up to 30-miles per hour could also create poor visibility on the roadways.

Temperatures will be in the 30’s through Tuesday. 

Listen to WBFO & AM-970 for complete updates on weather conditions.