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Some steady rain today; frigid and snowy again by week's end

There were some reports of icing from freezing rain across parts of Western New York, but by late morning temperatures had sufficiently warmed above freezing –  into the upper 30s.

The National Weather Service lifted its winter weather advisory about 10 a.m. for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua counties.

The advisory remained in place for Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties until 2 p.m. and in Allegany County until 3 p.m.

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A southerly flow, and warmer temperatures, were expected to continue pushing temperatures upward – into the low to mid-40s.

Wind gusts as high as 30 mph were possible.

One-half inch of rain was possible today, the weather service said.

Temperatures were expected to dive again behind a passing cold front Wednesday evening. The mercury was forecast to drop from about 40 degrees during the early evening down below freezing by midnight tonight and into the upper 20s overnight.

Rain showers were also expected to transition to snow showers overnight. Breezy west-southwesterly winds were forecast to gust over 30 mph overnight, the weather service said.

Wintry conditions were expected to return later in the week.

Chances for show showers were in Thursday's forecast with highs in the low 30s. Little accumulation was expected.

Forecasters showed temperatures returning to the teens overnight Thursday and staying there for Friday with chances for some snow flurries or showers.

The weather service was also eyeing the potential for the development of lake-effect snow on Friday, especially east of Lake Ontario where "multiple feet of snow" was possible.

Off Lake Erie, forecasters said lake-effect snow would likely be more loosely organized into multiple bands.

"While significant accumulations will be possible off Lake Erie, rates and totals should pale in comparison to those of its sister lake to the north," the weather service said. "Stay tuned."

Friday's temperatures aren't expected to escape the teens. And, with gusty westerly winds, it'll feel like it's in the low single-digits, forecasts show.

Single-digit temperatures were forecast overnight Friday. Highs were expected in the teens Saturday and 20s on Sunday with chances for snow showers both days, the weather service said.


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