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A couple inches of snow to 'impact the afternoon commute'

There won't be a lot of snow but just enough will fall this afternoon to slow up commuters heading home for the weekend with snow-covered and slippery travel.

The National Weather Service forecasts up to two inches of snow will fall through early evening.

Weather service forecasters in a special weather statement issued just before 3 p.m. said "a broad area of light to moderate snow will continue to spread across Western New York."

Snowfall rates up to one-half inch per hour are likely to accumulate up to about two inches through this evening, forecasters said.

"While total snow amounts will not be heavy, the snow will impact the afternoon commute with all roads becoming snow-covered and slippery," the forecasters' statement said. "Motorists should use caution and allow some extra time to reach your destination this afternoon and evening."

The snowfall is associated with an approaching warm front that will actually bring above-average temperatures to the region this weekend.

It should taper off by mid-evening in Buffalo.

Cloudy conditions are forecast Saturday with temperatures in the lower 40s.

Snow showers and a wintry mix is expected Saturday night followed by a cold rain Sunday, according to the weather service.

Sunday's high is forecast to be near 40 degrees.

The average high temperature is 33 degrees.

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