Wind Chill Advisory, Winter Storm Warning
Statement as of 4:09 AM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 8 am this morning
to 2 am EDT Thursday...
... Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 2 am to 11 am EDT
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Wind Chill
Advisory... which is in effect from 2 am to 11 am EDT Thursday.
* Locations... Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Greatest snow
amounts across the northern half of the area... with the lowest
amounts near the Pennsylvania state line.
* Timing... a wintry mix will change to all snow later this
morning. Heaviest snow from late morning through this evening.
* Hazards... heavy snow... blowing snow... and freezing rain.
* Accumulations... snow accumulating 6 to 11 inches today... 3 to
6 inches tonight... and an inch or less Thursday... leading to
storm totals of 9 to 18 inches. Ice accumulating up to one
quarter of an inch today... leading to storm totals of up to
one quarter of an inch.
* Winds... north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph producing
areas of blowing and drifting snow.
* Wind chills... as cold as 15 to 20 below late tonight and
* Visibilities... less than a quarter mile at times.
* Impacts... a wintry mix during the first half of Wednesday will
produce very slippery travel. Mixed precipitation will quickly
change over to heavy snow by midday Wednesday... with snow and
blowing snow lasting through the evening hours. This will result
in very difficult travel with deep snow cover on roads and very
A Winter Storm Warning is issued when severe winter weather is
expected. Heavy snow and/or ice will cause hazardous driving
conditions. If you will be traveling in the warning area you
should choose an alternate Route if possible... or you should use
extreme caution if travel is unavoidable.
If you lose power and plan on running a generator... make sure
that the generator is located outdoors and is properly
ventilated. Space heaters should also be properly ventilated and
used only if they are operating properly. Make sure snow does not
block exhausts and fresh air intakes for high efficiency furnaces
and water heaters.
Report snow and ice accumulation to the National Weather Service
in Buffalo by sending an email to bufstorm.Report@noaa.Gov...
posting to the NWS Buffalo facebook Page... or tweet... using the
A Wind Chill Advisory is issued when strong wind will combine
with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for
exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is 15 degrees
below zero or colder for a period of several hours. If you will
be outdoors use common sense and dress warmly... making sure that
all exposed skin is covered. If possible... avoid prolonged
exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of
weather information for the latest updates. Additional details
can also be found at www.Weather.Gov/Buffalo.
Statement as of 4:40 AM EDT on March 12, 2014
... Travel conditions will rapidly deteriorate by late morning...
A mix of rain and wet snow will continue through daybreak... with
an hour or two break in the precipitation possible during the
early morning hours. Do not let the benign weather conditions
this morning lull you into a false sense of security.
Snow will rapidly overspread western New York by 9 am to 11 am
and become heavy. Snowfall rates may reach 2 inches per hour
during the peak of the storm this afternoon. Temperatures will
plummet through the 20s and into the teens with rapidly increasing
northeast winds producing widespread blowing and drifting snow
with blizzard conditions from midday through the evening.
Travel will become extremely hazardous or even nearly impossible
at times due to the combination of very heavy snow and blowing
snow. Those who venture out this morning in the good weather may
have a difficult time returning home later today as conditions
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