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What to expect this weekend: no holiday from winter; 5"+ lake-effect snow in metro Buffalo Sunday

It's revving up again.

And the lake-effect snow machine will be in full gear around the Buffalo metro area on Sunday.

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

The lake-effect snow will start up late Saturday in the Chautauqua Ridge area, dropping up to three inches of snow by early Sunday, the weather service reported.

Then, it will really get going later Sunday morning.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, much of Western New York will be affected by snowfall. (NWS)

At 1 p.m. Sunday, much of WNY could get snowfall. (NWS)

The heaviest snow bands will affect the metro area starting about noon Sunday, forecasts show, with the distribution forecast both north and south of Buffalo.

This event is unlikely to last as long as the 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 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the high temperature in Buffalo is only 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.


SUNDAY around WNY:

Close to a half-foot of snow is likely Sunday in Buffalo. (NWS graphic)

BUFFALO: about a half-foot (NWS)


AMHERST: More than 5 inches. (NWS)

AMHERST: more than 5 inches (NWS)


HAMBURG: more than 7 inches (NWS)

HAMBURG: more than 7 inches (NWS)

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