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Expect a slippery evening commute with 3 to 6 inches of snow forecast

It won't be the fiercest snowfall you've ever seen, but today's will have some staying power.

Three to six inches of snow is expected between 10 a.m. today through Saturday morning, with the heaviest snow – coming down at a rate of up to half an inch per hour – hitting right around the evening commute, according to a winter weather advisory issued early today by the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. The advisory is posted for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties.

That means commuters should be prepared for slippery roads and reduced visibility.

Mesoscale models show the snowfall is expected to concentrate over the Niagara Frontier for at least 18 straight hours.

Daytime highs will be in the upper 20s today with overnight lows dropping only a few degrees into the mid 20s.

Today's snow is actually the result of a warm front pushing toward the Buffalo Niagara region

More snow is possible Saturday into Saturday night.

Continuous snowfall is forecast in the metro Buffalo area through early Saturday. It could put down up to 6 inches of snow. (National Weather Service)

Forecasts show an 80 percent chance for snow persists on Saturday night and on Sunday as well.

When all's said and done, forecast models project Buffalo could see 5 to 7 inches of total snowfall by the end of the weekend.

High temperatures could reach into the low to mid 30s, forecasts show.

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