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The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued winter storm warnings for an area of central New York and the Lake Ontario shoreline that includes all of Cayuga County.

The warning was upgraded from a winter storm watch that was issued earlier, indicating more certainly that a major snow event will happen.

For southern Cayuga County and Onondaga County, NWS said the warning goes into effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday. About 1 to 3 inches of lake effect snow is expected through 4 p.m., with an additional 4 to 9 inches expected overnight into Thursday. Making matters more treacherous will be 40 mph wind gusts that will impact visibility and possibly knock down power lines.

The warning for northern Cayuga County runs from 3 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday, with 6 to 11 inches of snow and 40 mph wind gusts predicted.

"A winter storm warning for heavy lake effect snow means significant amounts of lake effect snow are forecast that will make travel very hazardous or impossible," NWS states. "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency."

For more weather information, including radar and long-range forecasts, visit auburnpub.com/weather.

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