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National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

The National Weather Service says that one to three inches of snow are expected with wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. Temperatures stay well below freezing through the weekend, with highs only in the low to mid 20s. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. As it does, temperatures will drop, and an icy mix of sleet and freezing rain will develop. The good news is that the precipitation will be coming to an end by midday Saturday so there shouldn't be much chance for any significant ice or snow accumulation.

"Any wet roadways will quickly freeze resulting in hazardous travel", the service said.

The frigid conditions are expected to stick around through the week after a brief warmup on Friday, when temperatures were recorded in the low 60s.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing by 1 to 3 p.m. for Western New York, including Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown.

Rain combining with melting snowpack may generate "urban and isolated" flooding, and the weather agency on Friday issued a flood watch for all of MA and all of Southern New England that remains in effect until Saturday afternoon. On Friday there is a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning.

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Today's forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 5 p.m. Be prepared for heavy rain into the evening commute as highs soar into the mid to upper 50s.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 20.

At night, temperatures will drop to 18 degrees, and wind will calm around 10 miles per hour.

An AccuWeather projection shows a high of 24 with a low of zero for today, as snow tapers off with north-northwest winds gusting 19 miles per hour. Low around 14. North wind 14 to 16 miles per hour.

Dr. M.L. KING DAY / MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and cold temperatures continue, with a high temperature of 32 degrees.