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Winter Storm Watch issued in several Northeast Ohio counties for accumulating snow this weekend: See the impacted areas

Some counties could see more than a foot of snow by Sunday.

CLEVELAND — Update: The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Lake Effect Storm Warning on Saturday. All of the details can be found HERE.

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A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for a handful of counties in Northeast Ohio as accumulating snow is expected this weekend.

The Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday for the following counties:

  • Ashtabula
  • Cuyahoga
  • Geauga
  • Lake

3News' Hollie Strano says the impacted counties could expect upwards of six inches of snow, and some pockets of Ashtabula County could get more than a foot.

“Sunday could be very, very tricky as far as heading out to church and things like that," Strano said.


The National Weather Service, which issued the weather alert early Friday morning, also said to expect windy conditions as gusts could reach 45 mph.

“Travel could be very difficult,” according to the National Weather Service. “Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

The snow is expected to move onshore from the lake Saturday night into early Sunday.

RELATED: FORECAST | See the extended weather outlook for Northeast Ohio

This comes after areas of Ashtabula County experienced heavy lake effect snow Thursday where some spots were hit with more than a foot of accumulation.

On a much bigger impact scale, however, residents in Buffalo, New York, are preparing for a major snow storm that could dump several feet this weekend. That’s why Sunday’s NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills has been moved from New York to Detroit.

Strano says the Winter Storm Watch here in Northeast Ohio "is on the back end of that same system that's impacting Buffalo."

RELATED: Cleveland Browns' Week 11 game vs. Buffalo Bills moved to Detroit

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