Lake Effect Snow Warning in Pennsylvania

This alert expired on December 27, 2017 at 4:00:00 PM EST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Crawford; Northern Erie; Southern Erie

Posted December 27, 2017 at 11:06:00 AM EST

...Lake effect snow to continue through today....

..Lake effect snow will continue today. Under northwest flow the
lake effect consists of multiple bands affecting lakeshore as
well as areas further inland in the snowbelt. Snowfall today will
reach up to 4 inches where squalls persist. The snow bands will
gradually dissipate tonight.


* WHAT...Lake effect snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel
conditions. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are

* WHERE...In Pennsylvania, Northern Erie, Southern Erie and
Crawford counties. In Ohio, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula Inland and
Ashtabula Lakeshore counties.

* WHEN...Until 4 PM EST this afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in
visibility at times.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning means significant amounts of lake
effect snow are forecast that will make travel very hazardous or
impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food,
and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest
road conditions can be obtained from the Department of
Transportation web site.

Tips from

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  • 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.

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  • 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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