Residents around the Tri-State area were bracing themselves Monday in preparation for a winter storm expected to dump 10-18 inches across the area.

According to the National Weather Service, a winter storm watch will be in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon for Southeast New York, Southern Connecticut and Northeast New Jersey.

The heaviest snow will hit in the late hours of Tuesday, the NWS said. Although only 6 to 12 inches are expected, preliminary reports suggest higher accumulations amounts are possible specifically in the coastal areas of Connecticut.

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Wind gusts are expected to get as high as 35 mph while visibilities will be under 1/4 miles at times.

Travelers headed to area airports should expect delays and cancellations as the forecast predicts snow, sleet and ice accumulations throughout Tuesday night