Western New York Bracing For Extreme Weather

Western New York is preparing for a cold and snowy start to 2014.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s snowfall total was expected to be between 3 and 5 inches. Temperatures were in the range of 5 to 10 degrees, with wind chills as low as -20. West winds will be 30 to 40 miles per hour into tonight.

A lake effect snow warning is in effect for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties until 6 a.m. Wednesday. A wind chill warning is in effect for the counties from 6 p.m. today until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Tonight, heavy lake effect snow is expected between 7 to 14 inches. Temperatures may drop as low as -15 degrees, with wind chills as low as -40 degrees.

Tuesday, accumulation of lake effect snow in the range of 8 to 15 inches is expected. Temperatures will be between zero and 5 degrees inland. Wind chills may drop to -40 degrees.

Tuesday night, snow showers are likely in the evening with overnight lake effect snow expected.