Blizzard warning canceled in Central and Western NY

03.13.14 | Bob Price

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, 15.5 inches of snow has fallen at the Greater Rochester International Airport, as of 11:20 p.m.

National Weather Service forecaster Bob Hamilton emphasized, "The airport numbers are 'and counting.' They are bound to go up."

An additional 3 to 5 inches of snow are forecast to fall from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, bringing area storm totals to between 15 and 20 inches.

"Blowing snow will cause poor visibilities and difficulty driving Wednesday afternoon to Wednesday night," said Weather Service Meteorologist David Thomas.

The Weather Service downgraded a blizzard warning to a winter weather advisory for counties in western New York.

The added effect of March winds will drop wind chill values Thursday morning to -10 degrees in Rochester and parts of the Genesee Valley. Normal high temperatures for mid-March are in low 40s.

On Friday, temperatures will soar to the upper-40s in Rochester and reach 50 degrees in the Dansville area and sunshine will return in the afternoon.