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After a weekend melt, expect more snow next week

Most of the 9 or so inches of heavy, wet snow that fell Tuesday will melt away this weekend.

But don’t get too used to seeing your front yard again.

Another snowstorm could come this way Wednesday, according to weather forecast models.

It’s still too early to tell how much will fall – or exactly where – but models show the system will take a similar track into the Northeast following the Appalachian ridge.

In the meantime, the National Weather Service posted a freezing rain advisory through 1 p.m. Friday calling for “a few hundredths of an inch” of ice accumulation. It’s not expected to be enough to damage tree limbs or power lines, but could “cause slick spots on roadways and sidewalks,” the weather service said.

This week’s storm dropped about 8.9 inches at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, setting a new daily snowfall record for the date Feb. 16.

Farther to the east, even more snow fell. Rochester picked up twice as much snow, 18.3 inches.

National Weather Service forecasters will have their eyes on the developing system over the next few days, but have already offered some insight into what could come.

“By the middle of next week, some forecast uncertainty continues with the potential for another significant winter storm somewhere between the Appalachians and the Atlantic Coast,” forecasters reported.

Although the timing differs between a pair of forecasting models, there seems to be agreement on the development of the storm.

“The track would be favorable for another round of accumulating snow in Western New York Wednesday and Wednesday night,” according to the National Weather Service.

“Higher snow totals” may also, like Tuesday’s storm, be found in a band over the region, forecasters reported.

The coming weekend will look wholly unlike the last weekend, which brought subzero temperatures and the coldest temperature in Buffalo since 1982 – a minus 12 degree reading last Sunday morning.

It will be almost 60 degrees warmer than that on Saturday.

The thermometer will break into the mid-40s by Friday afternoon with breezy southerly winds, and remain in the 40s overnight, according to the weather service.

The forecast calls for a chance of rain Saturday with a forecast high of 46 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for a chance of rain or snowshowers and 42 degrees.

A chance of rain or snowshowers comes Monday with temperatures in the mid-30s.

The temperature is forecast to drop to about 20 degrees Monday night and rebound to 34 degrees under partly cloudy conditions Tuesday before the next storm Wednesday.