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      Travel Advisory for morning commute in Onondaga County

      The Friday morning commute will likely be tricky for some Central New Yorkers, as two counties make plans to ease the driving burden on neighbors.

      In light of a lake effect snow warning and Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has issued a travel advisory for the morning commute.

      The travel advisory does not restrict travel, but instead serves as a warning to motorists to be aware that they may encounter hazardous driving conditions.

      A lake effect snow warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected.

      According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snowfall is expected overnight and into the early morning. Lake effect snow bands could drop snow at rates of an inch or more per hour, bringing a fresh six to 12 inches of powder to neighbors living in Northern Onondaga County.

      The winds will pick up too, and factoring in extreme wind chills, it will feel like it is 15 to 20 degrees below zero.

      Tomorrow morning, drivers can also expect blowing and drifting snow.

      Meanwhile, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office has issued a "No Unnecessary Travel Advisory" for Lewis County, as of 6 p.m. Thursday night.

      That means hazardous conditions already exist in Lewis County, and neighbors should not drive unless they absolutely have to. As of Thursday evening, blowing and drifting snow are already filling up already snow-covered roads, and driving conditions are treacherous.