NY’s Lake-Effect Storms Could Dump Up to 18 Inches of Snow

A man's umbrella blows inside out as he walks along downtown Salt Lake City Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The first major winter storm of the season dumped up to a foot of snow in some parts of the Salt Lake City metro area, snarling traffic on morning commutes to work and school. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Downtown Salt Lake City on Monday. Winter is set to finally arrive in New York at the end of the week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Upstate New York’s prolonged stretch of spring-like weather is coming to an end, with lake-effect storms expected to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of western and north-central New York.

The National Weather Service has issued lake-effect snow watches starting Friday and continuing into Shabbos for areas south of Buffalo and east of Lake Ontario.

Forecasters say while Buffalo is expected to receive only an inch or two, areas south of the city could get between 8 and 18 inches by Shabbos afternoon. The weather service says the Tug Hill Plateau region north of Syracuse could also get up to 18 inches.

The arrival of typical December weather comes after some upstate areas broke long-standing high-temperature records for the month and the longest stretches without snow accumulation.