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Jack Frost is back in town with a vengeance.

Overnight, we received several inches of snow in Genesee County. We’re under a Winter Weather Advisory until midnight tonight, so there could be more coming.

And as winter just keeps coming back this year, some are wondering if we’re anywhere near the records for snowfall accumulation or days of snowfall. But National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Appfel says – not even close.

"For seasonal records, we've got a long way to go,"
he says. "We are above normal - running about a foot (of accumulation) above normal for the season."

Appfel says the volatile Western New York weather pattern makes it tough to predict just how long a winter season will last. Even into spring, snow has been known to make an appearance in April, or even the month of May. The National Weather Service does issue monthly forecasts, but they are based primarily on long-term climate indicators - not weather specifics like snowfall.

"It's generally hard to get a read as to how severe the winter will be," says Appfel. "It's tricky. It's not impossible - but quite often there's not a clear indicator that says, 'Yes it'll be an early spring' or 'No, it won't be.'"

We will be much colder than normal for the remainder of this week, and Kirk expects that to last through
Sunday, with daytime highs struggling to break the freezing mark. No major snowstorms are predicted for the rest of the week, although light snowfall is not out of the question.

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