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Winter storm watch issued for Western New York

A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Western New York from Monday evening through Wednesday evening.

Snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches are possible for Buffalo as well as Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, according the National Weather Service.

[UPDATE: A 48-hour winter storm warning starts at 8 p.m. Monday for Buffalo and its nearby suburbs, but the National Weather Service says that sounds more ominous than the storm is expected to be.]

Winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph also are possible, resulting in visibility as low as a half mile at times. This could mean "very difficult driving conditions with very poor visibility and deep snow cover on roads," the weather service said.

A winter storm watch means that heavy snow and/or ice accumulations are possible.

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