The northern areas will get more of a wintry blast Tuesday, but the snow mix may reach the southern metro area by the evening commute.
Meteorolgist Don Paul says Western New York is headed into our first extended period of below average temperatures of the winter.
The low-level wind alignment for lake-effect snow favors heaviest amounts focusing on hilly terrain to the south over the next couple of days
"A slow-moving cold front will be crossing our region late Friday, and scattered rain showers will mix with snow overnight," writes Don Paul.
Most of Saturday's snow is expected to fall well south of the Buffalo area.
Looking at Saturday evening modeled game-time conditions, the cold air will begin to deepen and may set up some limited lake-effect snow.
In the coming week, temperatures will continue to run above average during this statistically coldest time of the winter, Paul says.
Playoff Saturday is looking brighter than most other days this week.
"Rest easy, snow haters. This will be a week sans shovelable snow," writes Don Paul.