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Lake-effect snow warning continues in Southern Tier through Thursday morning

HolidayValleySnow allowed Holiday Valley to open for skiing Tuesday. Persistent lake-effect snow continues to impact the Southern Tier. (Harry Scull Jr./ Buffalo News)

Heavy lake-effect snow will continue to pound some areas of the Southern Tier through tonight, the National Weather Service has forecast.

Meteorologists expect another 5 to 8 inches to fall overnight in persistent bands that will likely affect western Southern Tier in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

Wind gusts up to 30 mph and heavy snow could continue to make driving difficult through the afternoon, according to a Lake-Effect Snow Warning in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Two main bands of lake-effect snow this afternoon were impacting areas from Silver Creek to Fredonia, as well as the southern-most sections of Erie County and northern Cattaraugus County, as of 2:15 p.m.

Some areas in the Southern Tier have seen more than three feet during the last three days. Randolph in Cattaraugus County had a storm total of 47 inches of snow as of 8 a.m., said Chris Fisher of the National Weather Service.

Jamestown reported 15.5 inches, while Franklinville and Hinsdale had 18 inches this morning.

"It should start winding down tomorrow," Fisher said.

Early forecasts for the weekend show a low pressure system could bring additional precipitation on Sunday. Although it is too early to tell what type of precipitation that will mean, Fisher said, it is not expected to be lake-effect snow.

Related: See a gallery of ski photographs in "Hitting the slopes at Holiday Valley."

--Denise Jewell Gee

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