Up to 40 inches of snow is expected to hit the Northeast in a lake-effect storm

Severe weather hit communities across the Northeast on Wednesday morning, causing at least one road accident and disrupting the morning commute.

In the first significant lake-effect snow event of the season, up to 40 inches of snow is expected overnight on the Great Lakes and the Inland Northeast.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo, New York, said visibility will be sharply reduced Wednesday morning when 1 to 2 inches of snow is expected per hour during the peak travel period. Buffalo police said a winter weather advisory was in effect from 4 a.m. and motorists should use caution.

A forecast early Wednesday morning said the hardest hit areas would be south and southeast of Lake Erie, with the snow then moving north.

Police in Killington, Vermont, said the driver of a bus was killed when it collided with another vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Mark J. of Rutland. Canton, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police report.

Heavy snow on Route 4 in Killington, Vt., on Tuesday.Killington Police Department

The driver of the bus, 82-year-old Gary E. of North Clarendon. Gilmore and the female passenger, who did not want to be named, were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Heavy snow reached Pennsylvania, with video showing 15.5 inches falling in Greene Township late Tuesday.

The lake effect is when cold air flows over relatively warm and ice-free large lakes, forming clouds and eventually snow falling downwind.

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