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Winter returns, totals may approach 8 inches by afternoon; frigid air later this week

January's days might be numbered, but its up-and-down weather continues.

For the start of February, expect it to be more down.

Colder temperatures behind a passing front brought a round of snow to the Western New York region overnight.

Several inches had already fallen as of early today. Another couple of inches is possible this morning before snow starts tapering off by this afternoon.

Erie County's snowfall totals so far today include nearly 5 inches at the Buffalo airport. (NWS Buffalo)


Today's high temperatures are expected to top out in the low 20s.

It'll be frigid overnight with the mercury dropping to a low of about 11 degrees, forecasters said.

Here's what the weather service says to expect for the rest of the week:


There's a 40 percent chance for snow showers, otherwise cloudy conditions are forecast with a daytime high in the mid 30s. Overnight, forecasters call for increasing chances for snow showers with rain and snow mixing in for a couple hours before returning to snow by dawn Thursday. Overnight lows are expected just above the freezing point.


Precipitation is likely to continue in the forms of rain and snow with daytime highs in the upper 30s, the weather service said.

Forecasters said it could also be breezy.

Temperatures drop off again overnight Thursday, down into the middle teens with a 30 percent chance for snow showers.


Chances for snow showers continue. But, it'll be cold.

Daytime highs are only forecast in the low 20s with overnight temperatures Friday near just 11 degrees.

Chilly conditions are also forecast this weekend, according to the weather service.



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