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Snow, sleet, rain in forecast

24 January 2017

A winter storm watch is in place for Monday night and part of Tuesday, though snow amounts remained up in the air Sunday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory is posted from 4 p.m. through 10 a.m. Tuesday in Genesee, Wyoming and Cattaraugus counties. In those places, up to an inch per hour of snow could fall with totals approaching nine inches, forecasters say.

A large Nor'easter that will batter the East Coast with high winds, rain, sleet and heavy snow will land a glancing blow on the eastern half of Western New York later today and overnight, forecasts show.

According to the NWS, extended periods of snow in the High Country will start on Thursday, but the greatest impact will be Friday night to early Saturday with heavy snow and wind.

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Heavy rain and strong winds with gusts up to 55 m.p.h. are expected from around 3 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday with the heaviest rain and wind conditions throughout the day, officials said.

If snow does fall to that extent, driving could be hard during the morning commute and during the day on Tuesday. Accumulations of 6 to 10 inches of snow are possible. The Watch will be in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon. Road closures will be possible during the storm, and chain requirements are in effect Saturday including Interstate 80, USA 395, Geiger Grade and Mount Rose Highway.

Rain and sleet will continue into Tuesday, changing over to all rain by morning.

"Any time you get a severe weather outbreak in the South with one of these storms, our area is affected", he said.

Snow, sleet, rain in forecast