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Most persistent lake-effect bands will dump 8 to 16 inches of snow

Before the frigid temperatures arrive this weekend, parts of the Southtowns and the Southern Tier will get a dose of lake-effect snow.

A lake-effect snow watch goes into effect Tuesday night and runs through Thursday afternoon for southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

"We're looking at snow accumulation possibly 8 to 16 inches in the most persistent snow bands," said meteorologist Dan Kelly of the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

There may also be some blowing and drifting conditions, thanks to winds between 10 and 20 mph, Kelly said. Gusts of up to 30 mph are also in the forecast.

Based on the wind direction, the lake-effect looks like it will start off on the Chautauqua Ridge, nudging into the Southtowns Tuesday night and through Wednesday, Kelly said.

Only about 1 to 2 inches are expected in southern Erie County overnight into Wednesday, according to the weather service. Another 3 to 5 inches are forecast for that area during the day on Wednesday.

Tuesday's high temperatures will reach the upper 30s. On Wednesday, the high temperature in the Buffalo metro area will reach about 30. Highs on Thursday will reach the mid teens and on Friday will hit the low 20s.

Friday night's when the thermometer really drops as temperatures hit around zero.

Saturday's high temperature is forecast to be 2 degrees in Buffalo.

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