The National Weather Service has upgraded most of the Winter Storm Watches throughout the region to Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for Monday night through Tuesday evening.Monroe and Ontario Counties are under Winter Storm Warnings from 7 pm Monday through 7 pm Tuesday. Storm accumulations are expected to range from 7 to 13 inches when all is said and done in the warned areas. Visibility in the warned areas will drop below a quarter mile at times, making travel dangerous, if not impossible. The National Weather Service pointed out that the heavy snow will result in very difficult travel conditions, and the worst of the conditions will occur around the Tuesday morning commute.The Winter Weather Advisory runs from 5 pm Monday through 7 am Tuesday for Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, Tompkins, and Cortland Counties. The potential exists for snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches, with a trace of icing expected, as well. During the afternoon hours on Monday snow will move into the area. It could fall heavily at times, and during the overnight hours will changeover to a freezing rain and sleet event. On Tuesday, the precipitation will again change back to all snow, creating hazardous travel conditions around the morning commute. Gusty winds along with limited icing could create sporadic power outages throughout the Finger Lakes, as temperatures hover at, or near 30 degrees.
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Both Wayne and Northern Cayuga Counties have been included in a Winter Storm Watch, as forecasters continue to try and determine the impacts throughout this area. Either way, those traveling through the Finger Lakes on Monday or Tuesday should plan ahead and use extreme caution when traveling on untreated surfaces. Safely send storm photos from your neighborhood toFingerLakes1.com, or share them to our Facebook, or Twitter pages.For the latest local forecast and live radar images visit the FingerLakes1.com FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center.