Cold Weather Rolls In as Winter Storm Begins

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM EDT

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Cold Weather Rolls In as Winter Storm Begins

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 12:56 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Temperatures falling quickly, wind chills already below zero, and it's just getting started in Western New York, as gusts and ice make bad weather even tougher .

"The wind goes right through ya. You have to dress up, lots of clothes on, because you'll feel it. Especially Downtown. It's a wind tunnel down there," Glenn Peloquin of Buffalo said.

"Very slippery, very dangerous. There's a lot of black ice. Everything that thawed out yesterday is now frozen. So be very careful walking across the street or on the sidewalk," Dave Smith added.

Doctors and nurses warn of medical problems from the cold, even in short term limited exposure of skin to the temps and wind chill.

"The biggest concern is people developing hypothermia, frost bite, frost nip. It's not an uncommon thing and it can occur pretty easily when the temperatures dip to lower levels and there is a wind chill factor," ECMC Physician's Assistant Amanda Chauncey said.

So the question becomes, when should places like schools be closed due to the temps and incoming snow?

"The Superintendent makes the final decision, but we're reaching out to the streets department, the National Weather Service. We're looking at anything from how much snow is already on the ground to how much snow we're going to get, how much the temperature is, the wind chill factor. Those are the things were looking at," Al Diamico, Director of Transportation for the Buffalo Public Schools said.

Temperatures are expected to continue to drop, and multiple inches of snow to fall as the wind chills increase as part of this winter storm.