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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for all of Western Massachusetts, including Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, in advance of a major weather system that is expected to move through the region on Friday. The Winter Storm Watch will technically go into effect Friday morning and remain in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday.

CBS 3 meteorologist Nick Morganelli says the entire region will see upwards of a foot of snow. Some areas in eastern Massachusetts may see two feet or more of snow. Strong wind gusts of more than 55 mph are expected, with near-blizzard conditions possible during the height of the storm, with visibility of less than 1/4 mile possible.

The National Weather Service advises that wet snow could cause some tree limbs to snap and bring down power lines.

Click here to read the complete forecast and view interactive weather maps.

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