Rain on tap but watch out for Friday night

In addition to Livingston, the Winter Storm Watch covers Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Genesee, Wyoming, Ontario, Chautauqua and southern Eric counties.

A Dense Fog Advisory has been extended through noon today. Smith says they are unsure of how much winter precipitation we will receive, but he knows the cold will not end Friday. It is milder though, temperatures in the mid-50s. With wind gusts at peak speeds near 40 miles per hour, there's a potential for blizzard conditions on Thursday, he said. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including meteorologists at ABC 33/40.

South wind at 5-10 miles per hour.

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FRIDAY: Cloudy with rain and rain.

EVEN WARMER for Thursday as highs rebound to the upper 60s. We are still trying to pin down actual amounts of snow and ice, especially since temps will be near freezing Friday morning and a slight warm-up or cooldown will mean a huge difference in what we see.

A potent cold front is set to arrive Thursday evening bringing heavy rain and thunderstorms between 5-10pm.

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The tricky part of this weather event is the falling temps on the backside of the cold front. Winds will be light, with a high temperature around 57 degrees, and a low of 39 is in the forecast.

7 p.m. - midnight: Freezing rain/ice and sleet will mix with and then change to widespread snow. Travel will become very hard over passes along the Montana/Idaho border and along US-2 east of Columbia Falls. Temperatures will plummet into the single digits and teens late tonight which may cause a flash freeze on area roadways. Highs barely climb above freezing on Sunday, near 34°.

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Day: Sunny, with a high near 51. And check back here often for more updates.