The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch and a Winter Storm Advisory for parts of Western New York, including Cattaraugus County.
For the Winter Storm Watch, heavy lake effect snow with accumulations of 7 to 14 inches is possible from late Saturday night through Monday morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph Saturday night, producing blowing and drifting snow.
For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow and sleet are expected with total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches Saturday.
According to the agency, “Travel could be very difficult with poor visibility and deep snow cover on roads. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and result in isolated power outages.”
In addition to Cattaraugus County, the storm watch and storm advisory will be in effect in Chautauqua, Southern Erie, and Wyoming counties.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday urged New Yorkers to use caution throughout the next several days as forecasts are calling for heavy snowfall throughout the state beginning Saturday afternoon.
"This storm system will deliver a significant amount of snow and strong wind gusts across many portions of the state, creating potentially dangerous driving conditions," Cuomo said. "Our state emergency response teams are closely monitoring the forecast, and I am urging New Yorkers to not only ready themselves for this weather, but also be sure to check on friends, family members and neighbors to ensure they are prepared as well."
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