Jack Frost is threatening to turn Black Friday into White Friday across a huge swath of upstate New York.
The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories areas around Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica for Friday and Saturday.
The lake effect snowstorm could brings gusty winds and slippery roads along stretches of the Thruway and Interstate 81.
How much snow in Rochester?
Most of the lake effect snow will fall to the east of Rochester in Wayne County, where a winter weather advisory is in effect. That area could see up to 6 inches of snow by 10 a.m. with wind gusts up to 40 mph.
Back in Monroe County, residents could see between 3 and 4 inches of snow, while denizens of Ontario County could get between 2 to 3 inches.
How much snow in Utica?
Northern Herkimer could see the highest snowfall totals in the Mohawk Valley, with up to 8 inches of snow possible by 7 a.m. Saturday. Wind gusts here could also hit 40 mph.
In Oneida County, the snow and winds are expected to be less intense, with up to 5 inches of snow and 35 mph gusts possible.
What about Binghamton and the Southern Tier?
Most of the snow is expected to fall north of Thruway, so much of the Southern Tier in will escape unscathed.
Forecasters expect no more than an inch of snow from Bath in the west to Owego in the east. The Binghamton might see as much as 2 inches.
But drivers heading north to Syracuse should beware because up to 8 inches of snow could fall in areas south and southwest of the Salt City.
Higher snowfall amounts near Buffalo, Syracuse
The lake effect storm could dump Up to 10 inches of snow in the Tug Hill Plateau north on Syracuse. Meanwhile, most areas around Syracuse will see between 3 and 6 inches of snow.
A lake effect snow warning has been issued for Chautauqua County until 7 a.m. Saturday. Up to 11 inches of heavy snow, along with 40 mph wind gusts, could impact travel on the section of the Thruway that runs southwest of Buffalo.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Lake effect storm could dump snow in Rochester area, Utica, rest of NY