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NWS upgrades Lake Snow Advisories to Warnings for FLX

The National Weather Service has upgraded Lake Effect Snow Advisories that were active for much of central New York to Lake Effect Snow Warnings in Wayne, Northern Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Monroe counties.The Lake Effect Snow Warning runs until Friday, February 12th at 4 am.For those in the warned area, the National Weather Service expects 6 to 15 inches of snowfall, with higher amounts possible in persistent lake snows. Wednesday afternoon the snow squalls are expected to begin and continue throughout the day on Thursday. Overnight on Thursday the lake effect snow is expected to slow and subside. The major hazards with any lake effect snow event is the quick change in conditions. Weather can vary wildly between just a mile, or two, so motorists are urged to exercise extreme caution if they are going to be traveling through the warned areas.Wind gusts in excess of 35 mph will make blowing snow a significant hazard during this lake effect snow event, which is expected to usher in some of the coldest weather of the season this weekend — as temperatures fall into the single-digits on Saturday — with highs struggling to get to 5 degrees. Visibility could drop to near-zero in some locations, where traveling could become nearly-impossible.A Lake Effect Snow Advisory remains in effect until 7 pm Thursday for Seneca, Southern Cayuga, and Cortland counties.For these areas snowfall accumulation is expected to fall into the 3 to 8 inch range, with higher amounts in the most-persistent lake snows. Winds will be a problem in these areas, as well, with gusts in excess of 35 mph — making travel difficult, and lower visibility to near-zero.Safely email photos of snowfall in your neighborhood to FingerLakes1.com, or share them on Facebook, or Twitter.For the latest local forecast and live radar images visit the FingerLakes1.com FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center.

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