Weather: Quiet except for some lake-effect (12/7 AM)

Sheena Davis walks to work off Kenmore and Starin Avenues on Dec. 29 2016

The placement of the lake effect snow bands are coming into focus now that forecasters are within 24-hours of the storm's start.

Mild temperatures with soaking rainfall will precede this system on Tuesday in the Northeast ahead of an approaching cold front.

Scattered flurries and lake-effect snow will remain possible at times through today, a better chance than yesterday, but accumulations should remain light through the afternoon and evening as well. The heaviest snowfall today will be near Lake Michigan.

Snow showers should wind down tonight as winds take a more west southwesterly turn, with any lingering overnight snow in our northern counties.

The first round of snow will impact the Buffalo Metro area during the morning commute. "Some of the snow included in the 3-5" at Houghton Lake may include some lake-effect snow that precedes the main clipper. Accumulations over a dusting are not expected south (we even can see a bit of rain trying to mix in in spots), but we can see the lake snows bring slightly better snow potential. Watch for slippery driving conditions to develop in the wake of snow showers tonight and early Friday. In addition, the northern Tug Hill region will be highly impacted as a significant snow band streams off of Lake Ontario. With a west wind direction, areas most vulnerable for heaviest lake-effect snow will be in the Buffalo Southtowns and Wyoming County region in western NY. The heavy snow is not expected to be continuous, but will come in several rounds.

Another 7 to 13 inches are possible in the most persistent lake snow areas in Jefferson and Lewis counties and another 2 to 6 inches in St. Lawrence County. Be sure to check back regularly for updates!

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