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Tuesday respite gives way to next storm system later Wednesday

The on-again, off-again pattern of active weather will take a break Tuesday and bring some sunshine to the Buffalo Niagara region.

Temperatures are expected to top out in the mid-20s.

Increasing clouds are expected overnight ahead of some more wintry weather that's forecast to return again later Wednesday into Thursday, according to National Weather Service forecasts.

"Snow is expected to transition to rain Wednesday afternoon into early Wednesday night," the weather service said in its hazardous weather outlook. "As this transition occurs, a period of sleet and freezing rain is possible. Some light accumulations of ice will be possible."

Forecasters said snow becomes increasingly likely after 5 p.m. Wednesday with less than a half-inch expected. Highs are forecast in the mid-30s.

There won't be much time to pad the city's seasonal snowfall total though, which reached 101 inches as of late Monday.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly Wednesday evening. That will help transition precipitation from snow over to freezing rain and sleet by 7 p.m. for about an hour before changing over to rain after about 8 p.m., the weather service said. Up to one-tenth inch is possible.

100-plus inches of snow so far put Buffalo 27 inches above normal

Rain continues in the forecast through Thursday morning, forecasters said.

Southwesterly winds gusting to about 30 mph are expected during the day Thursday. Daytime highs are forecast near 40 degrees.

 

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