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Sunday's forecast is seasonal and snowless; rising temperatures expected early next week

The lake-effect snow refused to go quietly Saturday.

But, there will be no replay of last Sunday's snowy scene for the Buffalo Bills home finale at New Era Field.

Don Paul's updated Bills-Dolphins forecast: Cloudy and cold, but snow-free

A shift in the wind direction throttled down and choked off the lake-effect machine late Saturday afternoon but not before it put down another half-foot or more of snow in southern Erie and northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

The band even sneaked up farther north and threw some flakes around during the commissioning of the USS Little Rock at Canalside.

Enough snow even fell in downtown Buffalo to require Canalside to close its ice rink for an hour late Saturday afternoon to remove fallen snow.

It also forced concert-goers to a double-performance of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to trek through sloppy sidewalks and streets to KeyBank Center and caused a few collisions on area roadways, including on Transit Road in Depew.

By 4 p.m., the National Weather Service logged nearly 2 inches on the day at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Later Saturday, law enforcement agencies reported clear conditions across metro Buffalo with roadways back down to pavement.

The lake-effect machine is forecast to stay off for a few days.

After 11 days in a row with below-average temperatures and snowfall in Western New York, and another Code Blue alert Saturday night in Buffalo, weather service forecasters are calling for a more moderate week of weather.

High pressure and an easterly wind will dominate Sunday. It'll be cloudy with temperatures reaching about 30 degrees.

Then, the mercury will increase overnight Sunday and should crest above the freezing point in Buffalo early Monday for the first time since Dec. 9.

Temperatures will continue rising despite a chance for snow — even some rain showers — on Monday. Daytime highs are forecast in the low 40s.

It'll stay above freezing Monday night too and forecasters are calling for an even warmer day Tuesday ahead of an approaching cold front.

There's a 40 percent chance of showers on Tuesday with highs in the mid 40s.

The average high for this upcoming week is in the mid-30s with overnight lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Lake Erie's temperature remained at 39 degrees Saturday, keeping the possibility open for more lake-effect snow when cold air returns and conditions ripen.

Buffalo's monthly snow total for December reached nearly 20 inches, with nearly 16 of those coming over the last week. That helped close the season's snow deficit to a single inch by Saturday.

The winter solstice officially arrives at 11:28 a.m. Thursday.

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