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Cold temps, snow return

Snow showers were falling across the region Tuesday morning and at least two accidents have been reported since 8 a.m. on the westbound Youngman Expressway.

An accident was reported at 8:08 a.m. beyond Exit 3 (Niagara Falls Boulevard) on Interstate-290, leaving the center lane closed. A second accident was reported three minutes later at Exit 5 (Millersport Highway). The left lane is closed in that area.

Light snow was reported from Niagara Falls southeast into the Northtowns. Visibility was down to 3/4 of an inch in some areas.

About half an inch of snow could accumulate in the Buffalo area today, said meteorologist Dan Kelly.

For the rest of today and part of Wednesday, expect mostly cloudy conditions, with a high of 27 and a low around 17, and a chance for a minimal amount of snow.

Things will change as evening approaches on New Year’s Day.

Snow showers are likely with areas of blowing snow before midnight, then snow showers with areas of blowing snow between midnight and 3 a.m. Wind speeds could reach 30 mph.

It will be lake effect snow, but forecaster expect accumulations to be modest, in the two to four inch range by Thursday morning.

A low of 20 degrees is forecast for overnight into the New Year, but it will feel much colder – in the single digits – with the wind chill, said Kelly. “It’s going to be pretty blustery for the ball drop downtown,” Kelly said.

After that, prepare for colder weather, with lows in the teens by Jan. 5 and 6, according to the weather service.