Get ready for some brief relief from the snow and cold.
A lake-effect snow advisory has been lifted for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
And warmer temperatures and drier conditions are forecast for the weekend.
“It should remain relatively dry at least through Monday,” said Jim Mitchell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. “There is nothing major headed our way either.”
A dusting of snow, anywhere from 1 to 2 inches, was predicted for this morning, with the temperature reaching a high of near 33 degrees.
Things warm up more on Saturday, when a high of 38 degrees is forecast.
But the wind is expected to pick up, too, with gusts as high as 33 mph. There is a small chance of minor snow or rain on Sunday, again with a high of 38.
Late Thursday, heavy snow slowed traffic on the Thruway from Silver Creek to the state line, but travel returned to normal as the snow diminished during the evening.
The general snowfall that disrupted the Thursday morning drive in the Buffalo metro area also made things more complicated in Clarence, where highway crews continued moving snow and ice to alleviate the lingering effects of last weekend’s soaking. Some roads in Clarence remained closed on Thursday because of flooding.
Enjoy the weekend because the cold will return with the New Year, with highs in the teens or low 20s.
“We’ll see a swing during the week back to colder temperatures,” said Mitchell.
If you are a skier, take advantange of the weather.
Holiday Valley and Holimont ski resorts in Ellicottville, Peek n Peak Resort in Clymer and Swain in Swain all reported good conditions today with a packed-powder, machine-groomed surface.