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Light snow Sunday into Monday precedes a weeklong warmup

Western New Yorkers should wake up to about an inch or so of fresh snow Sunday morning, with further snow showers expected to bring less than a half-inch of additional accumulation before they fade away by noon.

The mercury won’t quite make it above freezing Sunday, with the forecast calling for a high of 30 degrees. There is a chance of snow showers beginning after 10 p.m. Sunday and continuing into early Monday. But the National Weather Service isn’t predicting more than half an inch of snow from that storm, and it’s not likely to cause problems for the Monday morning commute.

Monday’s high is expected to reach 34 degrees. But the real warmup is expected tio begin Tuesday, when the high could hit 41. That would be the first time this area has seen 40 degrees since Jan. 18, when the high was 44, according to Steve Welch, a meteorologist with the weather service in Buffalo.

High temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 30s through the end of the week. Welch said temperatures in that range, without a lot of rain in the forecast, should allow for a slower melt of the ice and snow that has built up in the area over the past six weeks.