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Coldest day of the week brings black ice

Baby, it’s cold outside.

With overnight lows in the low teens, don’t expect today’s temperature to top the low 20s, said Jon P. Hitchcock, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

This polar blast hails from Canada, Hitchcock explained.

“The cold air mass from Canada is bringing temperatures 12 degrees below average for this time of year,” he said. “The sun should break through in the morning.”

The cold temps and Sunday’s precipitation brings black ice, that clear ice that forms on the pavement’s surface, said Hitchcock.

“It looks like wet roads, that’s the problem,” said Hitchcock. "It means slippery conditions for drivers and pedestrians."

As for precipitation, the Southern Tier this morning will face light snow. By midday, when the lake effect clouds roll in, some parts of metro Buffalo could see up to an inch of snow. The possibility of snow decreases by early evening, said Hitchcock.

Hitchcock expects a dry Tuesday and Wednesday – for a change.

“We haven’t seen dry conditions in quite some time,” he said. “It will be a little warmer, too, with Tuesday’s high in the low 30s. By Wednesday, expect temps to hit the mid 30s.”

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