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Expect freezing rain for afternoon commute

It’s going to be slippery drive home Tuesday.

And if you’re headed downtown for the Sabers-Oilers game to watch Jack Eichel face off against Connor McDavid, you’d better be careful too.

Freezing rain and sleet are headed into the area right around 5 p.m.  –  just in time to make a mess of the afternoon commute.

“It will be coming at the worst time,” said Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s office in Buffalo.

The forecast shows it's expected to start out lightly before intensifying after about 7 p.m.

The freezing rain could coat roads in the Buffalo metro area and north into Niagara and Orleans counties with up to a third of an inch of ice Tuesday evening into night time.

Drivers should be especially careful on elevated roadways and bridges because they tend to freeze over faster, Hibbert cautioned.

Heading south out of the city, the precipitation should be less icy – accumulated about a tenth of an inch and combining with rain and sleet.

Around the midnight hour, the freezing rain and sleet will switch over to all snow, dropping an inch or two in the Buffalo metro area and around three inches closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Here's the National Weather Service's snowfall forecast for this system:


Snowfall will taper off around mid-morning on Wednesday.

Temperatures will also be dropping. It was in the upper 20s Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday’s high is only 24.

But there’s a warm up in sight. By next Tuesday, the forecast is calling for highs in the 60s.


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