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Wet, slushy roads greet Buffalo-area commuters; thousands without power in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming

Wet, slushy roads greeted drivers in the Buffalo area for the Tuesday morning commute.

With temperatures above freezing, the freezing rain that fell Monday night turned into plain old rain coming down on area roads.

Elsewhere, the night of ice and high winds left about 4,000 National Grid customers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties without power as of about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Power failures are affecting about 1,550 customers in Cattaraugus County. Some of the Cattaraugus County municipalities with the highest numbers of failures are Ashford, Cold Spring, Little Valley, Randolph and Salamanca.

In Chautauqua County – where about 1,300 customers were without electricity – Arkwright, the Town of Chautauqua, Pomfret and Sheridan saw the largest number of customers without power.

Orangeville and Wethersfield accounted for about 1,100 of the 1,200 customers without power in Wyoming County.

Peak wind gusts overnight in some spots in the Southern Tier clocked in at more than 50 mph, with ice accumulation between a tenth of an inch and a quarter-inch, said National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Ansuini.

Snowfall totals ranged from ½ inch and 2 inches, Ansuini said.

Tuesday will see more rain, temperatures in the 40s

In terms of Tuesday’s forecast, we will see on-and-off periods of rain all day with high temperatures in the mid 40s.

By the end of the week, things will get colder again.

“We’ve got some colder air moving in for New Year’s holiday,” Ansuini said.

Lake-effect snow will also hit the region later in the week, with the highest accumulation expected south of Buffalo, including in ski country and the western part of the Southern Tier, he said.

At least several inches of lake-effect snow will fall from Thursday through Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Cheektowaga has canceled the three weather advisories that were set to expire at 10 a.m. Tuesday.