NWS Issues Blizzard Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD

WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM WEDNESDAY TO 2 AM EDT

THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS…CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY…THE GREATEST THREAT FOR BLIZZARD

CONDITIONS WILL BE FOUND NEAR THE LAKE ERIE SHORELINE INCLUDING

THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY.

* TIMING…OVERNIGHT TONIGHT THROUGH OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* HAZARDS…HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW RESULTING IN PERIODS OF

WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING

OF SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATING AN INCH OR LESS OVERNIGHT… 6

TO 11 INCHES WEDNESDAY…AND 3 TO 5 INCHES WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 8 TO 15 INCHES.

* WINDS…NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 45 MPH POSSIBLE.

* VISIBILITIES…NEAR ZERO AT TIMES FROM LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING

INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…RAIN CHANGING OVER TO LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT WILL

INTENSIFY RAPIDLY BY LATE IN THE MORNING ON WEDNESDAY. THE

COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING. VISIBILITY WILL REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO AT

TIMES WITH DEEP SNOW COVER ON ROADWAYS DURING THE PEAK OF THE

STORM ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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 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

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