Old man winter is back and with a vengeance starting late Wednesday night, into Thursday morning.

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According to WGRZ Weather, a Winter Storm Watch will be in effect for ALL of Western New York. The watch will start Wednesday evening and last through Thursday afternoon for Niagara, Orleans, Northern Erie and Genesee counties.

Those areas could see up to 8 inches just through Thursday afternoon.

The Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon for Southern Erie, Southern Tier, Boston and Wyoming Hills, and the Genesee Valley.

Those areas should expect a foot of snow and even up to TWO feet in the most persistent areas.Lake effect snow will be the story after Thursday afternoon and lasting through Friday night.

1-2 inches of snow per hour are possible during the lake effect and winds are going to be a huge problem during the entire storm, as gusts could reach 50 mph, which will cause white out conditions and blowing snow across roadways.

The lake effect snow bands could reach the southtowns and Buffalo metro but it's still a wait and see game -- they are likely to stay south as of right now.

Thursday morning's commute won't be much fun and Thursday afternoon's might be bad as well, so give yourself plenty of time driving.

Read the full weather report at WGRZ.

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