Get out your shovels - the first significant snowfall of 2019 is headed to Central New York this weekend.

The National Weather Service has been tracking this storm since early this week, and even early forecasts suggested that Central New York could see significant snow - as we near the weekend - it appears the forecast has gotten clearer as the NWS has issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of Central New York from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

Credit: NWS/weather.gov

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 20
inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...In New York, Northern Oneida, Yates,
Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung,
Tompkins, Madison, Southern Oneida, Cortland, Chenango,
Otsego, Tioga, Broome and Delaware counties.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. Also, winds will pick up considerably Sunday
afternoon, causing blowing snow and possible dangerously low
wind chills into Sunday night.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

The National Weather Service cautions that not only will this storm bring the potential for several inches to upwards of a foot of snow, it will also bring windy conditions, and bitter cold.

Credit: National Weather Service

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