There won't be a lot of precipitation, but what falls has the potential to make things icy and slippery today.
The National Weather Service posted a winter weather advisory for northern Erie County as well as Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties starting at 1 p.m. The advisory begins at 10 a.m. in southern Erie County, Wyoming County and the western Southern Tier counties.
Precipitation is expected to start as snow in the afternoon but will switch over to being potentially mixed with freezing rain as warmer temperatures move into the region. Less than an inch of snow and just a few hundredths of an inch are expected.
"Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibility," the weather service said. "The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute."
High temperatures are expected in the 30s on Wednesday. They'll continue to climb into the upper 30s overnight, forecasts show.
Southwesterly winds are forecast to pick up overnight Wednesday and become westerly into Thursday.
Gusts could approach or exceed 40 mph by mid to late morning Thursday and temperatures will slowly decline through the 30s, the weather service said.
"This will be accompanied by high pressure and drier conditions to round out the work week," the weather service said.
Coincidentally, Wednesday has been the most active weather day over the last month or so.
Today's forecast to be the fifth consecutive Wednesday with significant wintry weather. It's the third that's involved freezing rain. There was also a late January blizzard. Last Wednesday, brought a heavier than expected afternoon rush-hour snow squall and high winds.
Here's a look back at some of the highlights from Buffalo's past four wintry Wednesdays:
- Wednesday, Jan. 23: Some steady rain today; frigid and snowy again by week's end
- Wednesday, Jan. 30: Commute will be nasty as 1-2 inches of snow per hour falls on metro Buffalo, Southtowns
- Wednesday, Feb. 6: Nearly 7,000 without power in Erie County as freezing rain coats WNY with ice
- Wednesday, Feb. 13: Nasty Wednesday evening commute snarled by whiteout conditions, snow squalls