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While a Lake Effect Snow Warning has been active active in Genesee County since noontime, we are only just starting to see the worst of what is to come today and tonight.

As of this writing, already over three inches of snow has accumulated in the City of Batavia. In the southern portion of the county, reports indicate close to five inches of snow on the ground.
But John Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says snow this morning and early afternoon wasn’t even lake effect.

"It was...the back edge of all the rain we had last night," says Hitchcock. "Some cold air snuck in before the rain ended, and that changed it over to wet snow. Now, that's ending. And the lake effect snow is starting."

Hitchcock says the bulk of the snowfall will remain in the southern part of the county, as predicted. Occasionally the lake effect band may swing north towards Batavia – but Alexander, Darien, and Attica can expect to see 6 to 10 inches of snow, overnight.

"Especially in the southern part of the county, the worst is definitely yet to come," says Hitchcock.

Meanwhile, there have been weather-related accidents far and wide in Genesee County today. WBTA News partner The Batavian has reported
at least 25 weather-related accidents since this morning, and that total only continues to grow.

Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department is warning everyone to slow down on the slick roads.

"This snow is particularly slippery and greasy," he says. "It's unfortunate that it's not just the major snowfall of the year - it's also that type of snowfall that is very difficult to deal with."

There are closings and cancellations rolling in for this afternoon and evening. We are continually updating the closings both on-the-air and on our closings page. Check back often for further updates.

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