(WIVB) – The National Weather Service Buffalo has issued a winter storm watch for parts of Western New York from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening.

The storm watch is in effect for northern and southern Erie County and Genesee and Wyoming counties, including Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Orchard Park, and Springville.

Heavy lake effect snows are possible with total accumulations of nine inches or more possible. Winds could gust up to 40 mph, creating considerable blowing and drifting snow.

Travel could be very difficult to impossible, and the hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning or evening commute.