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The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches for portions of upstate New York for Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

All of Cayuga County is part of the watch, with the weather agency saying as much as 14 inches of lake effect snow could fall in some parts of the region. NWS issued the watches on Tuesday afternoon.

For southern Cayuga County, the agency said snow accumulations could range from 5 to 9 inches, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. In northern Cayuga County, snowfall predictions range from 7 to 14 inches, with same potential for wind gusts.

"Travel could be very difficult," NWS states. "Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commutes Wednesday through Friday."

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