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Lake-effect snow will hit Buffalo after midnight

Bundle up for the ball drop.

The wind-chill temperature will hover around 20 degrees for revelers who check out Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop in Roosevelt Plaza.

And the lake-effect snow that's stretching across the Southern Tier will hold off in the city until 2016 arrives, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

The lake-effect snow band will sit just south of the city around midnight, said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock. Even so, temperatures will drop to around freezing and feel more frigid with the wind, he said.

There's a good chance Buffalo will see some lake-effect snow from after midnight into the first half of Friday morning, with accumulation of a few inches possible. The southtowns will see at least 3 to 5 inches, Hitchcock said.

A lake-effect snow advisory goes into effect at noon Thursday for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. It runs until noon Saturday.

The most persistent bands of lake effect will drop 8 to 12 inches in some spots from the Boston Hills and the Southern Tier between Thursday and Saturday. Places like Grand Island, Tonawanda and Niagara County are expected to escape the flakes altogether, though there is a lake-effect snow advisory in place for northern Erie County from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters also believe there will be some scattered snow showers around the area on Sunday.

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