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A Lake Effect Snow Watch is in effect for Genesee County for beginning tomorrow afternoon and through Thursday. Rain will persist for the rest of today before a cold front sweeps through, changing it over to snow.

Meteorologist John Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says it’s hit or miss whether Batavia will get dusted, or blanketed.

"There's still some uncertainty as to where the heaviest part of the lake effect snow band will set up late tomorrow through Thursday," says Hitchcock. "Right now, it looks like the heaviest snow may stay just south of Batavia, in southern Genesee County.

"But there is a chance, if the winds shift a little more to the southwest, that it might move up towards Batavia as well."

Hitchcock says the areas receiving the heaviest snowfall could see six inches of accumulation or more.
He says it looks like Old Man Winter is setting up shop.

"It does look fairly cold through the rest of this week, and right through most of next week as well,"
he says. "So it looks like winter is here to stay from this point forward. At least for the next ten to twelve days...it's going to be pretty cold."

This is the second time in five days that Western New York has been under a Winter Weather Watch of some sort.

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