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WINTER STORM WARNING Issued for the Broadcast Area

11 January 2018, 12:28 | Sherry Padilla

Winter Storm Watch Begins Late Wednesday Night

Winter Storm Hunter a Potential Plains Blizzard Wednesday, Thursday; Then a Mess of Snow, Ice in Ohio Valley

Wednesday night, the low will be around 33 with an 80 percent chance of rain, mainly after midnight, according to the weather service.

Valley rain and mountain snow is expected in much of the West. Heavy snow and mixed precipitation is possible Friday night and Saturday, with accumulations of six to 12 inches, along with ice. Then the cold air will transition this rain to snow from northwest to southeast across the state into the morning, becoming heavy at times. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind. At that time, winds are expected to increase, creating blizzard like conditions by the early morning commute. Wind chills on Thursday will drop to near 20 below zero.WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. Snowfall of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible.

Snow is expected before 1 p.m. on Thursday with a low around 32 degrees. A south wind of 7 to 13 miles per hour may gust as high as 28 miles per hour.

Flood watches have been issued for all of western NY except Allegany County through late Friday night, the weather service said. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible. Blowing and drifting snow possible. Winds may gust as high as 30 miles per hour.

A strip of moderate snow totals (locally 6 inches or more) is possible over the High Plains of eastern Montana, as well as a swath from eastern Nebraska to northwest Iowa, Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of MI.

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