Lake effect snow expected late Christmas Day

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Christmas won’t be white until sometime in the afternoon or evening.

That’s when lake effect snow is expected to start. Originally, it was expected to start Friday morning.

From 9 to 18 inches of heavy lake effect snow could fall by Sunday morning where snowfall is heaviest, most likely the Tug Hill. There could be whiteouts and hazardous driving conditions Friday night and throughout Saturday.

As of noon Thursday, there’s a winter storm watch for Jefferson and Lewis counties from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Sunday. That could change to a warning as it gets closer to the event.

Noon Thursday is when a flood watch kicked in for the same counties. That’s in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.

We can expect high winds and heavy downpours at times Thursday afternoon, Thursday night, and Friday morning.

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