Two areas of New York state will experience heavy snowfall this week

It’s officially January, and while December saw warmer-than-usual temperatures, things are changing for the worse this month, assuming you don’t like snow and cold.

The first full week of January will see very active weather for different parts of New York State.

The key will be lakefront snow and potentially heavy snowfall for two main areas of New York state this Wednesday evening, through much of Thursday.

A winter storm watch has been issued for both parts of western New York State, which includes Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties (including the Buffalo subway) and parts of central of New York, which includes Jefferson and Lewis counties.

Heavy lakefront snow is very possible off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario from Wednesday evening to Thursday. At least 9 inches could fall in parts of western New York in those 24 hours, but it could be more, depending on the movement of the lake-effect strip.

Winds will also be a problem, as they could cause wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph, which would cause whiteouts and blown snow, making driving incredibly difficult and impossible at times.

If you live in these areas, it’s best not to go anywhere during the height of the lake effect strip – which should be Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, early afternoon.

The problem with lake effect bands is how unpredictable they can be. Slight changes in wind direction can alter their path and cause more inches of snow to fall in a certain area.

It looks like Mother Nature will be showing off in a big way this Wednesday and Thursday.

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