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What to expect in the next 36 hours: More bitter cold

Listen to your mother: Wear a hat and put on your mittens because it's cold outside. And it's going to stay that way for quite some time.

Overnight

Cold and colder, but at least the snow isn't a worry.

The lake-effect snow bands to the north and south have wound down.

The overnight low is 2, give or take a couple degrees. The wind chill will make it feel like minus 6.

Thursday

A bit more frigid than Wednesday, but at least it will be partly sunny and not as breezy.

The outlook is for a high of around 10. No break in the wind chill values, which will continue in the minus 5 range.

Thursday night

Clouding up, with snow returning after midnight, but not much, maybe half an inch..

Though we probably won't be able to tell the difference, forecasters say it won't be quite as cold as Wednesday night -- mid single digits.

The weekend

Widespread snow is in the forecast for Friday and Friday night. Expect 1 or 2 inches during the day. Friday also will be less chilly, with highs in the upper teens.

There's a chance of more snow on Saturday with a high in the mid-teens.

New Year's Eve revelers headed for the ball drop at the Electric Tower Sunday night should plan on some bone-chilling conditions. The overnight low is zero and there's a chance of snow showers.

A bit of good news -- the deep freeze has brought Lake Erie down to 34 degrees at Buffalo. "These very cold temperatures could produce a lake freeze by the end of December," according to a report by the National Weather Service. "If the lake were to freeze in December it would be the first time the lake has frozen over in December since the year 2000." That year, the lake froze on Dec. 31.

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