Over the next day or two, meteorologists will be able to better predict where the heaviest rain might fall.
Thursday night rain is likely before 10 p.m.
The snow will be accumulating on already icy roads from overnight rains and sleet, coupled with strong northwesterly winds adding to the freezing threat.
Flood watches have been issued for all of western NY except Allegany County through late Friday night, the weather service said.
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Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations up to a quarter-inch are possible.
There will be a strong push of cold air advection behind this storm system.
Snow will taper off during the afternoon and winds will lighten up which will help to improve any visibility issues. Areas above 7,000 feet will get a few feet of snow, Mueller said.
Winds will also increase through those regions, potentially producing blizzard conditions in parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, western Iowa and Minnesota. The chance is lower from Huntsville southeast, but it's certainly not zero; we won't "know" until about 12-18 hours ahead of the event. This could lead to blowing and drifting of snow.
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Friday-Friday night: Snow, or rain changing to snow, could extend from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.
There is uncertainty with the exact track of that low and its intensity, which will determine where we see additional snow, ice or rain late in the week. We will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with snow showers.
Past year more than 61 inches of snow fell on Spokane in the winter.
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