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What to expect the next 36 hours: Snow squalls dissolve into a calmer Thursday

The Skyway and Route 5 are open again after a nasty Wednesday evening commute snarled by whiteout conditions, snow squalls and the resulting fender-benders.

Blowing snow that significantly reduced visibility during Wednesday evening's commute around metro Buffalo died down as the evening wore on and the lake-effect snow band moved south.

Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect:

Tonight

It'll stay breezy with gusts of more than 35 mph, the weather service said.

There are chances for more snow showers through the evening and past midnight.

"By late in the day Wednesday, the snows will settle into more of a west northwest flow lake-effect regime," the weather service said. "Ice coverage on Lake Erie will limit accumulations, but still could see local accumulations of a few inches across the Chautauqua Ridge and Boston Hills."

Overnight lows are forecast in the mid 20s. With the wind chill, it'll feel like it's in the low teens, forecasters said.

How windy has Wednesday been? Here are WNY's wind reports

Thursday

A calmer day is expected.

Temperatures will moderate. And winds will subside.

Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain showers, but more towards the evening hours.

Daytime highs are forecast in the upper 30s.

Minimal snow accumulation is forecast.

Thursday night

Rain showers and breezy conditions are expected to return to the region overnight.

Lows will be in the low to mid-30s.

As much as one-quarter inch of rainfall is possible. Southerly winds are expected to gust as high as 30 mph.

Friday

Rain showers early Friday will taper off and change over to snow as warmer temperatures turn colder throughout the day.

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