The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Tug Hill and Western New York regions. 

The whole chain of events starts with a blast of Arctic air expected to arrive Wednesday that could generate a long-lasting lake-effect snowstorm that could dump up to 2 feet of snow in some areas according to the National Weather Service.

According to the weather service, the heaviest snow is likely to fall in Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern  Erie counties in Western New York, with up to 2 feet of lake effect snow bands that persist the longest. 18 inches are possible in the Tug Hill counties of Lewis and Jefferson, home to Watertown and Lowville and lower amounts in Oswego the weather service said. Utica is expected to receive slightly less snowfall with several inches throughout the week.

The weather service stated this storm might be headed our way and could dump snow on by mid-week.

Before you ask the snow showers could reach into the Finger Lakes and along the Thruway in Central New York, but accumulations, if any, will be nominal the weather service said

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