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A little bit of snow, a lot of rain headed to Southern Tier

The first white snowflakes of the season have appeared on the forecast of the National Weather Service’s weekly outlook.

Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain or snow at the end of the week Friday and into Friday evening.

“There’s a good chance to see some snowflakes in the air,” said Jim Mitchell, National Weather Service meteorologist, who added that those in the lower elevations of metro Buffalo are unlikely to see any accumulation.

There may, however, be some snow piling up in the higher elevations of the Southern Tier, but that depends on exactly how cold the air gets. It’s still a little too early to tell.

“The temperatures are very critical,” Mitchell said. “Right now, it’s borderline. It looks like in areas above 1,400 feet, all it’s going to take is a couple degrees. There will be some accumulating snow potential down there.”

Conditions are expected to “become favorable for lake effect precipitation” Wednesday night through Friday night with locally heavy rainfall, according to a Weather Service bulletin for Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and southern Erie counties.

“Temperatures will be marginally cold enough for some wet snow to mix in on the hills,” the bulletin stated. “There is some possibility of accumulating wet snow across the higher terrain of the Chautauqua Ridge and hilltops of southern Erie and Wyoming counties...although uncertainty still exists with regards to precipitation type and amounts.”

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