Storm dumps 18 inches of snow on parts of Northeast

A storm system brought the first significant snowfall of the season to much of the Northeast on Sunday and Monday, dumping as much as 18 inches of lake-effect snow in parts of upstate NY, including eastern Rensselaer County.

Mother Nature ignored the calendar and buried parts of the Northeast on Monday with almost 2 feet of snow. AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.

"The range of snow that has fallen is quite extreme with dustings in valleys and a foot or more in higher elevations", according to government forecaster Neil Stuart in Albany.

Motorists clear lake-effect snow from a vehicle on a road, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Grafton, N.Y.

Some forecasters, including, were caught off-guard by the intensity of the snowfall caused by a slow-moving storm system that stalled over upstate NY and northern New England before moving into southern Quebec and weakening on Monday. Texas and the Gulf Coast could see heavy rain with severe storms on Tuesday, and the northern states could get more snow. The warning was set to expire at 7 p.m. Monday, with a wind advisory ending at 6 p.m. Lake effect snow warnings are posted for much of the area.

Northwest winds gusting close to 40 miles per hour could reduce the visibility to less than a half-mile at times, the weather service stated with "near blizzard conditions at times" along the Chautauqua Ridge and south and east of Lake Ontario. Most of the more than 10,000 power outages around Rochester have been restored.

It's the first winter storm of the 2016-2017 season in Vermont, and it's sticking around for a while.

The town of Savoy, Massachusetts, got more than a foot of snow while Lenox got 11 inches on Sunday, according unofficial National Weather Service figures. Lake Ontario was responsible for the 24-hour record, with 49 inches in Watertown, New York, on November 14-15, 1900.