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Dec 1, 2009 1:28 PM by WKBW News

First Lake Effect Snow Of The Season Hits Western New York

From snow in the Southtowns, to a mix of rain and snow in the City Of Buffalo, the first Lake Effect storm of the season has hit Western New York, making for a messy commute.

Eyewitness News cameras are out in the elements to bring you the latest on how the commute to work and ride to school is going. For any closings, simply click "closings" at the top of the wkbw.com webpage.

Mike Randall will deliver the latest weather information on the air and online. The National Weather Service has posted the lake effect snow advisory until Noon Tuesday. This is the first organized lake effect snow of the season.

A fast moving area of low pressure is crossing over Western New York and Southern Ontario. A cold Southwesterly flow will continue to generate a band of moderate to heavy wet snow across parts of the Niagara Frontier and Western Southern Tier, with the Buffalo metropolitan area seeing the heaviest snow for a period of time Tuesday morning.

The heaviest snow will be over Northern Erie to Genesee and Eastern Orleans county early this morning. Snowfall rates of a half to one inch an hour are expected to continue until 8am. The lake band will then shift onshore in Chautauqua and Southern Erie Counties and weaken during the late morning and midday before dissipating late in the afternoon and evening.

Some rain may mix in, especially near the Lake Erie shore, where less accumulation is expected. Snowfall amounts will generally range from 3-6 inches, and the bands could contain some thunder and lightning.

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