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Winter makes a return with a snowy Friday on tap

Winter is making a strong return to many parts of Western New York and the Finger Lakes over the next few days, with snow and bitter cold temperatures by the weekend.

About 4 inches of snow fell in and around the Rochester metro overnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning, with mixed precipitation and  more snow on the way.

A number of accidents were reported around the Rochester area early Thursday morning. There were also some school delays around the region.

There is aWinter Storm Warning for much of the region issued by the National Weather Service until early Saturday morning.

Credit Max Schulte / WXXI News
Slick roads for the Thursday morning commute. WXXI's Max Schulte came across three vehicles that had spun out, on his way to work.

A wintry mix is expected to change to snow overnight into Friday morning, with 2 to 4 inches possibly by morning.

Friday will see the steadier snow, with periods of lake-enhanced snow possible throughout the day. Another 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible with the heaviest snow falling from Rochester east into Wayne County. The high temperature Friday will be about 29.

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Saturday will see mainly cloudy skies, with a high of 22, and a low Saturday night of about 11 degrees.

Sunday will be cloudy with a high of 34, and it will warm up a bit by early to mid week.

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.