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Sunday’s snow brought a choice: shovel or wait


Throw in the towel.

Raise the white flag.

Pick your cliché. It doesn’t matter. They all apply to the thousands of Western New Yorkers who woke up Sunday to another, yes another, day of shoveling snow.

This time, though, there’s an alternative: You can wait a few hours and watch it melt.

Temperatures today are supposed to be in the upper 40s and reach 60 on Tuesday.

“The snow won’t be sticking around very long,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga.

Sunday’s overnight snowfall, which ranged from a high of 10 inches in Elma to a low of 2 to 4 inches in Allegany and southern Chautauqua counties, added to what is fast becoming the seventh-snowiest winter ever.

By late morning Sunday, it was still snowing in parts of Genesee and Wyoming counties and the Winter Weather Advisory in Niagara and northern Erie counties was still in effect.

The snow ended by early afternoon and the temperature climbed to a high of 42. Sunday night’s forecast was for a low around 27.

Today, it will be a far different story outside with sunny skies and a high in the upper 40s.

Tuesday will be even warmer, with partly sunny skies and a high that could reach the low 60s.

“That’s springtime for us – the roller coaster up and down,” said Thomas.