Lake Effect Snow Warning in Western New York

This alert expired on November 21, 2014 at 1:00:00 AM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Genesee; Wyoming

Posted November 19, 2014 at 9:44:00 AM EST

Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect from 11 pm this evening to 1 am EST Friday.

  • Locations: Genesee and Wyoming counties.
  • Timing: late this evening through Thursday night.
  • Accumulations: one to two feet in the most persistent Lake snows.
  • Visibilities: near zero at times.
  • Impacts: heavy lake effect snow will result in very difficult or nearly impossible travel at times in the heaviest portion of the band. If you must travel during the lake effect snow. Expect severe winter driving conditions with very low visibility and deep snow cover on roads.

Recommended actions

In lake effect snow the weather can vary from Locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. If you will be traveling across the region be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility Conditions.

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 www.weather.gov/buffalo. 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.

ready.gov

Tips from ready.gov


Excerpted from ready.gov
Before:

  • 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.gov
During:

  • 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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