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December – and 2013 – is going out with snow.

A snow band coming off of Lake Erie is shifting south from Niagara Falls and Grand Island into the Buffalo area this morning, making driving difficult.

The snow band will settle south of Buffalo into the higher elevations and ski country this afternoon, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly.

The weather service has issued a lake-effect snow advisory until 2 p.m. Tuesday in northern Erie and Genesee counties. The advisory remains in effect for southern Erie and Wyoming counties until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

In the persistent snow bands, southwest winds will have gusts up to 35 mph, producing some blowing and drifting snow and poor visibility, as low as a quarter mile at times, he said.

Kelly said 3 inches to 5 inches of snow is possible in the most persistent snow bands in northern Erie County, before the snow shifts to the south, where it could produce 3 inches to 6 inches today and another 1 inch to 3 inches tonight.

The high today will be about 20 degrees.

And those going to the ball drop in Buffalo this evening should bundle up. While the snow should have moved on by midnight, the temperature will be about 15 degrees, with winds 10 to 15 mph.

“It could be a chilly one,” Kelly said.

But by midnight, the snow will have moved well south into Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

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