Blizzard Warning in Western New York

This alert expired on Jan 8, 2014 6:00 AM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Genesee; Northern Erie; Southern Erie; Wyoming

Posted Jan 7, 2014 1:20 PM EST

Wind Chill Warning now in effect until 4 am EST Wednesday.

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 6 am EST Wednesday.

  • Locations: Erie County, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Especially along a line from Buffalo to Batavia and points southward.
  • Timing: through late tonight.
  • Hazards: Heavy snow and blowing snow. Dangerous cold wind chills.
  • Snow accumulations: 7 to 14 inches today, and 3 to 6 inches tonight, leading to storm totals of more than 3 feet in the most persistent Lake snows.
  • Winds: southwest 20 to 30 mph. Frequent gusts to 40 mph.
  • Visibilities: as low as a quarter mile at times.
  • Wind Chill values: as low as 25 below.
  • Impacts: travel conditions will be extremely difficult to near impossible through tonight with snow covered roads and frequent Whiteout conditions due to heavy lake effect snow along with considerable blowing and drifting snow. Roadways may become impassable for a period of time. Numerous roadways are or will be closed through today. Dangerously cold wind chills will pose a risk for frost bite and hypothermia for anyone outside for even very short periods of time. This is a Life- threatening cold for those not in shelter.

Recommended actions

A Wind Chill Warning is issued when a strong wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is 25 degrees below zero or colder for several hours. Those planning to venture Outdoors should use common sense and dress warmly.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you absolutely must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

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.

Stay tuned to NOAA weather radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can also be found at Report snow 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 Hashtag Bufwx.

Tips from

Excerpted from ready.govBefore:
  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • More:
  • What to do before winter storms and extreme cold.
Excerpted from ready.govDuring:
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
  • More:
  • What to do during winter storms and extreme cold.

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