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Winter weather advisory posted for Southern Tier; up to 5 inches snowfall expected

It was fun while it lasted.

Tuesday's record-breaking 66-degrees is now a distant memory and snow is back in the forecast.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for the western Southern Tier from 1 a.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Thursday.

A passing storm system to the south of the Buffalo Niagara region is forecast to bring an initial short-lived round of freezing rain and sleet overnight before changing over to snow, forecasters said.

The advisory covers Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Forecasters said travel could be impacted in those areas.

"Light icing followed by light to moderate snowfall accumulations will result in slipper travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday," the weather service said. "Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times."

Belmont, which registered the warmest temperature in Western New York -- 72 degrees -- on Tuesday, falls under Thursday's advisory.

Snow accumulations up to 5 inches are expected in the affected areas by Thursday afternoon.

Southern Erie and southern Wyoming counties could also pick up a couple of inches. Less than an inch of new snow is forecast in metro Buffalo, forecasts show.

"Areas farther to the north should only see the chance for a little light snow during Thursday, given what should be a rather sharp northern edge to the steadier precipitation," the weather service said.



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