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Snow expected to continue throughout weekend

Everyone's grass will be covered up by snow.

Depending on where in Western New York you live, that blanket of white could range from two inches to a foot and a half deep, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

The last couple of days of 2016 are shaping up to be snowy, blustery and cold, with a warm-up in the offing to start 2017.

Here's what to expect, according to the National Weather Service:

Today

Moderate snowfall ahead of a cold front was expected to put down a couple of inches of snow across the Buffalo Niagara region.

It began before dawn and made the morning commute tricky with slippery roads and minor fender-benders across area highways.

A cold front passed through Buffalo Niagara region early this afternoon. Some snow showers ahead of the front were expected to evolve into a lake-effect snow event south of Buffalo behind it. (National Weather Service)

Temperatures will be in the mid-30s but will feel like the mid-20s with the wind. Chances for snow in the Buffalo metro area continue through the evening.

Tonight

Snow again becomes likely by about 9 p.m. as the lake-effect machine gets churned up.

Buffalo Sabres game traffic tonight could expect wintry rides to and from the game, depending on where lake-effect snow bands set up, forecasts show.

About three inches is expected in the Buffalo metro area by later Friday, but areas south of the city in ski country can expect much more.

The weather service has southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties under a lake-effect snow warning from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday. Allegany County is under a lake-effect snow advisory.

Storm totals in the most persistent lake snows are forecast to be 7 to 16 inches. With wind gusts up to 35 mph, visibilities could be reduced to as low as one-quarter mile, forecasters said.

Friday

Snow is forecast before 9 a.m. in metro Buffalo with snow showers likely through about 4 p.m.

Blustery west winds gusting as high as 30 mph could make travel hazardous.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for the day with wind chills in the teens.

Those areas under the lake-effect snow warnings and advisory can expect continued snowfall during the day Friday.

Friday night

Chances for snow tapers off by 10 p.m. Overnight lows in the mid 20s with wind chills in the teens.

Saturday

Cloudy conditions with snow showers likely after 3 p.m. The high temperature for the day should break back above freezing and get into the upper 30s with a push of southerly air, but blustery conditions will keep things feeling chillier. Southwest wind gusts close to 40 mph are possible between about 2 and 5 p.m. That will make it feel like it's only in the 20s.

The ball drops in downtown Buffalo ringing in the New Year. (File photo by Robert Kirkham / Buffalo News)

New Year's Eve

If you're planning to head into downtown Buffalo for First Night festivities, a parka, gloves and hat will be essential.

Frigidly cold temperatures aren't expected, but it will be seasonal. And windy.

The mercury will flirt with the freezing mark most of the night with brisk but diminishing west winds.

10 p.m. - 33 degrees, with a wind chill of 22 degrees and a 51 percent chance for snow

11 p.m. - 33 degrees, with a wind chill of 22 degrees and a 51 percent chance for snow

Midnight - 32 degrees, with a wind chill of 22 degrees and a 16 percent chance for snow

1 a.m. - 32 degrees, with a wind chill of 23 degrees and a 16 percent chance for snow

New Year's Day and early 2017 . . .

New Year's Day 2017: Mostly sunny, with a high of 35 degrees.

Monday, Jan. 2: Snow turning to rain, high 43 degrees.

Tuesday, Jan. 3: Rain is likely with a high near 47 degrees.

Wednesday, Jan. 4: Chance for snow showers, high near 39 degrees.

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