Frigid temperatures for the next few days will make ice fishermen happy. Rick Becker Sr. and his son, Rick Jr., 5, pull a sled with their ice fishing equipment off the ice near the Small Boat Harbor in Buffalo Sunday.
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The lake-effect snow dusting the area this morning will taper off during the day and give Western New Yorkers a brief period of calm this evening before the open waters of Lake Erie deliver one final punch in 2013.

Overnight, a sturdier band of lake-effect snow is expected in the metro area, where it could drop between 3 and 5 inches of snow in some spots, according to the National Weather Service.

“We have advisories out for that lake-effect,” said Kirk Apffel of the weather service. “It could impact the commute tomorrow before moving south later in the day.”

The good news/bad news for revelers planning to watch the ball drop in downtown Buffalo Tuesday night is the snow will be settled in the Boston Hills and Southern Tier by then, but temperatures will be in the teens. With winds of 10 to 15 mph, it could feel close to 0 when the countdown to 2014 begins.

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