Blizzard Warning

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Blizzard Warning

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
335 PM EST TUE JAN 7 2014

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NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...BATAVIA...WARSAW...
ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
335 PM EST TUE JAN 7 2014

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST WEDNESDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 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...BLOWING SNOW AND DANGEROUS LOW WIND CHILLS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 7 INCHES TONIGHT...LEADING TO STORM
TOTALS OF MORE THAN 2 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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS 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 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