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After the ice storm: two days of rain, then maybe some snow

The first weather bullet of the week has been dodged.

The ice storm was far less damaging than it could have been.

Next, comes heavy rain. There could also be some thunder. Then, maybe some snow on Tuesday.

The weather service posted a flood watch for all eight counties in Western New York from 1 a.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"Warmer temperatures during this time will also melt any ice left on the ground, which will runoff into area creeks and rivers," the weather service said. "Small streams and creeks, low-lying and poor drainage areas may experience flooding tonight through Monday."

It added: "Larger streams and rivers will take longer to respond with flooding possible later Monday into Tuesday."

The weather service cancelled the ice storm warning for the Niagara Frontier about 1:30 p.m.

As of about 1:45 p.m., NYSEG reported only two customers without power in Erie County. There were 17 more in Cattaraugus County.

National Grid reported 401 customers out of power in Orleans County, 158 more in Niagara County, 73 in Genesee County and less than five in Erie County. Power was expected to be restored this afternoon, the utility reported.

There was still some residual ice from the storm coating sidewalks, parking lots and some side streets across the region early this afternoon, but most of that will melt off as temperatures continue climbing as the day wears on.

In Buffalo, city officials said plow crews began salting and treating side streets this morning.

The city's Forestry Department responded to a pair of calls for downed trees on Saturday afternoon. Department of Public Works said two streetlights fell — one at Broadway and Fillmore Avenue and the other at William and Krettner streets.

Officials reported no storm-related injuries as of 11:30 a.m.

Today's high temperature is expected to reach into the upper 40s. Heavy rain continues through tonight with a chance of thunderstorms.

Then a repeat performance is in store for Monday, with temperatures again hovering in the low 40s. By Monday, a total of 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall.

This is part of the same massive complex storm system that's spawned a Midwest blizzard, tornadoes in the Missouri Valley and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic states over the last couple of days.

Even colder air moves in Tuesday, bringing snow showers to Buffalo, the weather service said. The mercury isn't forecast to make it out of the mid-30s.

There's a 50 percent chance for some snow on Tuesday, and it'll be breezy, the weather service said. Wind gusts could approach 40 mph at times.

This streak of below-average temperatures will continue all week, the weather service forecasts show.

The average high temperature in Buffalo for this time of year? It's 55 degrees.

Weather service forecasters were still collecting data from the ice storm.

Some of the thickest reports of ice came from east of Buffalo. A trained spotter in Corfu reported 0.38 inches of ice and a weather service employee logged 0.31 inches of ice in Elma, according to reports.

Other ice accretion totals included: Hamburg, 0.25 inches; Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 0.2 inches and Williamsville, 0.12 inches.

The weather service also logged 0.7 inches of sleet, which counts as snowfall. That made today the eighth day in April with measurable snowfall, the most since 1961, records show.

The most April days with snow on record also came in 1961. There were 11 in all.

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