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Parts of WNY and CNY will see hefty snowfall totals this week: How much will the Finger Lakes see?

New York state is gearing up for its first major lake-effect snow event of the season, with significant snowfall expected in parts of Western and Central New York through mid-week.

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The National Weather Service has issued Lake Effect Snow Warnings, which means travelers heading to these areas should ensure they have necessary safety kits and snow removal tools at hand.

Areas south of Buffalo are anticipated to receive between 7 to 15 inches of snow, while regions east of Lake Ontario could see as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow accumulation.

Compounding the snowfall, strong winds are expected to cause blowing snow, reducing visibility and potentially impacting travel.

For those in the Finger Lakes region, between Rochester and Syracuse, accumulation will be minimal, with nothing more than an inch or two expected.

The impending weather event follows a departing storm system and is driven by a strong northwesterly flow over the Great Lakes.

As a result, Lake Effect Snow Warnings and Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the most affected areas through early Wednesday morning.

Those in Western New York, especially south of Buffalo, will experience the onset of lake-effect snow late Sunday, with intensity increasing by Monday night. Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties are expected to bear the brunt of the snowfall, with accumulations ranging from 7 to 12 inches, and up to 15 inches in areas across the Chautauqua Ridge.

Central New York, particularly east of Lake Ontario, is also preparing for significant snowfall. Lake Effect Snow Warnings are in effect for southern Jefferson, northern Oswego, and Lewis counties, with the Tug Hill Plateau possibly receiving up to 20 inches of snow.

Surrounding areas are likely to see snow accumulations between 9 to 16 inches. The combination of heavy snowfall and gusty winds will result in reduced visibility and challenging driving conditions across the affected regions, underscoring the need for caution and preparedness among residents and travelers.