Blizzard Warning Issued For Jefferson CountyPosted: Updated:
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Jefferson County.
The warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday.
According to the NWS, travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the evening commute. Tree branches could fall as well.
Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected.
The worst conditions are expected in southern portions of the county, south of the city of Watertown.
Winds gusting as high as 45 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions with blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. This will severely impact travel on Interstate 81 between Watertown and Syracuse, the NWS said.
Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow, frequently reducing visibility to zero. Travel is strongly discouraged, the NWS said.
Meanwhile in Lewis County, there's a lake effect snow warning in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected in the most persistent snowfall areas.
Earlier in the day, the National Weather Service issued a special statement for portions of Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego counties.
It said a band of lake effect snow producing snow fall rates of up to 2 inches per hour extended inland from Lake Ontario.