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Rain and warm-up this weekend, raising fear of flooding

Snowdrifts and the roar of plows are likely to be replaced by puddles and the hum of sump pumps across Western New York as winter officially arrives over the weekend.

A warm-up is due, the National Weather Service says, and the meltdown of all the snow that’s accumulated during the past week could be accelerated by rain. Rainfall may total as much as 2 inches before the weekend is over.

Showers are supposed to arrive late tonight as a flow of southerly air pushes temperatures into the mid to upper 30s and will continue periodically Friday as highs climb into the 40s.

After a brief dry spell early Saturday, a new surge of warm, moist air is forecast to spread heavier rain over the region. Depending on how warm it gets, flooding could become a major concern until the rain tapers off late Sunday and below-freezing temperatures return early next week.

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