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What to expect in the next 36 hours: Clearing, a little snow late Saturday, lake-effect on Sunday

The winter weather advisories are over. We'll get a little breather -- until the next round of snow, which could hit the Southtowns on Sunday.

"We'll get a nice little break for the rest of today. Most of tomorrow is going to be quiet as well," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell.

Lows overnight will range from the low 20s to the mid- to upper teens in parts of the Southern Tier.

It will be a little warmer Saturday, with highs in the 30s.  Then a weak system will bring a general light snowfall, beginning mid- to late Saturday evening.

That will help the piles of dry, fluffy lake-effect snow in the Southtowns to settle down a bit.

Here are some updated snow totals from Thursday's snow:

Colden came in with most, where some places logged 22.9 inches of snow.

Boston had 18.2, East Aurora had 16.2, Wales got 15.8, Elma had 14, Glenwood got 12.2 and parts of Hamburg had 12.1 inches, according to data collected by the National Weather Service.

Lake-effect snow will set up in ski country Sunday, and is expected to shift north during the afternoon toward southern Erie County, including Orchard Park and New Era Field, where the Buffalo Bills are playing the Indianapolis Colts.

"It could be pretty interesting there Sunday, they could be dealing with snow," Mitchell said. "The band may be over Orchard Park."


Chances for snow or snow showers stay in the forecast through early next week.

A sustained period of cold is also expected to deepen early next week, forecasters said, dropping daytime temperatures down into the teens next Wednesday.

"For the next week, we'll be looking at temperatures that at or below normal and several snow events throughout this time period, which means every day we'll have a chance for snow," said  Weather Service meteorologist David Thomas.

"It'll be both lake effect and a general or widespread snow. We'll be having snow again likely on Saturday afternoon and evening. There will be a cold front coming through, so we'll see both a lake effect snow and a cold front come through Saturday night and it's expected to bring several inches of snow throughout Western New York," Thomas added.

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