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What to expect over the next 36 hours

The mini-thaw will move over for a return to wintry weather overnight, when the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain starting at midnight.

Here's a look ahead over what is shaping up to be another topsy-turvy time for weather across the Buffalo Niagara region:

Saturday evening: A winter weather advisory for freezing rain and snow is in effect from midnight until 10 a.m. Sunday for most of Western New York. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing shortly after midnight, resulting in slippery travel on untreated surfaces. The freezing rain will change to snow before ending early Sunday morning. Ice accumulation of a tenth of an inch or less and less than an inch of snow are expected. Temperatures are expected to drop to 32 degrees by 4 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday: Temperatures will continue to drop through the 20s Sunday, with snow and sleet likely before 10 a.m., and a slight chance of snow until 11 a.m. for the hardy tailgaters arriving at the parking lots of New Era Field for the gridiron Battle of Lake Erie between the Buffalo Bills and the winless Cleveland Browns. Clouds will gradually make way for mostly sunny skies, with the mercury dipping to about 21 by 5 p.m. It will be breezy, with westerly winds 10 to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

1 p.m. kickoff: 27 degrees with west winds about 17 mph, with wind chills in the teens.

Sunday night: Temperatures continue receding during the day, dropping into the teens by 7 p.m., forecasts show. There is a slight chance of snow before 2 a.m. Monday, then a slight chance of snow after 5 a.m. It will be partly cloudy, with a low around 14 with light winds.

A look ahead: The work week starts out cold with partly sunny conditions expected on Monday with a chance of snow showers and below-average daily high temperatures only in the low 20s. The weather looks to moderate by Tuesday and Wednesday with some sunshine and temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees, forecasts show.

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