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Ice storm will give way to heavy rainfall and possible flooding

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Buffalo remained in the grip of a mid-spring ice storm Sunday morning.

The precipitation fell more as sleet than freezing rain Saturday night, which meant there was not as much icing on tree limbs and power lines. But freezing rain began falling after daybreak Sunday and could result in up to a quarter inch of icing. An ice storm warning continues through 2pm Sunday.

Power outages are reported. As of 9am, New York State Electric and Gas reports more than 37-hundred of its customers were without service in Cheektowaga, Elma, Lancaster and Depew. A power line came down near the Walden Galleria. Walden Avenue was closed in both directions at Galleria Drive. National Grid, which beefed up its staffing levels this weekend, is reporting very few outages in the areas it serves.

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Ice covered across Buffalo Niagara.

Temperatures will warm up Sunday, changing the freezing rain to all rain. Rainfall totals could top two inches by Monday. A flood watch is posted for Western New York from late Sunday night through Tuesday.