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Snow machine revving up

It’s revving up again.

The lake-effect snow machine is expected to be in full gear around the Buffalo metro area on Sunday.

As much as 5 inches of snow is likely between about noon and midnight Sunday, forecasts show.

The lake-effect snow will start up late Saturday in the Chautauqua Ridge area, dropping up to 3 inches of snow by early Sunday, the National Weather Service reported.

Then, it will really get going later Sunday morning.

The heaviest snow bands are expected to begin affecting the metro area starting about noon Sunday, forecasts show.

The distribution of snowfall is forecast both north and south of Buffalo.

No advisories, watches or warnings had been posted as of Friday evening, but weather service forecasters reported that some are “likely” as the weather draws nearer.

This event is unlikely to last as long as the lake-effect snow that battered the region this past week – at least in metro Buffalo.

The heaviest bands are expected to shift southward early Monday and remain in the western Southern Tier on Tuesday and into Wednesday, forecasters said.

But, the temperature is going to drop dramatically.

For the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the high temperature in Buffalo is forecast to be 18 degrees. Overnight, the mercury is expected to drop to 11 degrees before rebounding back to 18 degrees on Tuesday, the forecast shows.