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Freezing rain advisory is in effect till 10 a.m. Tuesday

Watch your step and drive carefully.

With temperatures in the 20s this morning, roads are a bit slippery. A couple of accidents on the I-190 around the Grand Island bridges caused backups but both were cleared by 7 a.m.

It'll warm up a tad during the day. Then look out for freezing rain tonight and into Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory that starts at 8 tonight and goes through 10 a.m. Tuesday for all of Western New York.

The area could see up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation during this time, said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Buffalo.

"The best chance for the freezing rain will come actually after midnight and through the morning hours of Tuesday," he said.

Most areas are expected to get a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain, but Niagara County and the valleys of the Southern Tier could get more.

The freezing rain probably won't be enough to bring down trees and power lines. But, Thomas said, it will make roads extremely slippery, particularly on ramps, overpasses and bridges.

Later Tuesday, the temperatures will rise into the 40s and the rain will continue. That'll start a pattern of mild weather for roughly the next 10 days with highs in the 40s and possibly a couple of days into the 50s.

"Winter is taking a break," Thomas said. Not for too long though. Toward the end of the month, cold air building up over the Arctic is expected to drop southward. "We're looking at a pattern change at the end of month going into February," Thomas said.

So don't put away your parkas just yet.

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