A winter storm warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Saturday in Yates County.

Heavy snow is expected, with total snow accumulations fo 6 to 12 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches in the higher elevations in Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung and Tompkins Counties.

Travel will be very difficult, including during the morning commute on Friday. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph Friday afternoon will cause areas blowing and drifting snow, along with scattered power outages. Snow could fall heavy at times after midnight tonight and into the day on Friday, with rates potentially exceeding 1 inch per hour.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511