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Bracing for a big snowy blast

By Bert Gambini & Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The National Weather Service is posting a Winter Storm Warning from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 p.m. Wednesday for all of Western New York.

We can expect a light snow to fall through Tuesday afternoon, with the full force of this system hitting the region late Tuesday night and overnight.

"It looks we will see steady snow starting to develop around midnight, then it should be come heavy during the overnight hours. By tje Wednesday morning commute we should be experience heavy snow all across Western New York," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini at the Airport Weather Station in Cheektowaga.

Along with the Winter Storm Warning, Chautauqua, Cattarugus and Allegheny Counties are also under a Winter Weather Advisory from 1 a.m. t o 3 p.m. Tuesday.

10 to 14 inches of snow could accumulate, and strong winds will cause blowing and drifting conditions. Sleet could also be a problem in the Southern Tier.

"This storm system is what we call a high confidence situation. This is a a storm system that is going to be impacting a large portion of the country," said Ansuini

Significant snow accumulations are expected across the region.

"Accumulations will vary somewhat. Almost all of Western New York should be around that one-foot range," said Ansuini.