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Slushy commute, but temps warm until a blast of arctic air later in the week

Instead of lake effect snow, it was a general, area-wide snowfall that blanketed much of the Rochester area and Upstate New York from Sunday into Monday. 

Snowfall totals generally were in the 3 to 4 inch range, and the snow is expected to taper off during the day on Monday, maybe even mixing in with some rain as temperatures rise through the 30s. A winter weather advisory was canceled just before 6am.

The morning commute will be slushy and slippery in spots; there have been several accidents around the region, although Rochester Police say they did not have an abnormal number of accidents overnight.

However, one of the more unusual accidents was a snowmobile that crashed into an RPD patrol car Sunday night at the intersection of Avenue D and Hollenbeck Street. The driver left the scene but was taken into custody nearby.

A few flights were canceled at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Monday morning. More than 1,000 flights were canceled across the country over the weekend as a winter storm swept through the Midwest.

The polar vortex makes its presence felt later in the week, with highs on Thursday and Friday expected to only be in the teens, and a good chance of lake effect snow.

Temperatures are expected to rebound on Saturday, with a high in the 30s.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.