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January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM EDT

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Latest Weather

January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 4:48 PM EDT

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
332 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

NYZ001>005-010-011-019-020-085-310445-
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NIAGARA-ORLEANS-MONROE-WAYNE-NORTHERN CAYUGA-NORTHERN ERIE-
GENESEE-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NIAGARA FALLS...MEDINA...ROCHESTER...
NEWARK...FAIR HAVEN...BUFFALO...BATAVIA...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
332 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO
4 PM EST THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NIAGARA...ORLEANS...GENESEE...ERIE...CHAUTAUQUA...
CATTARAUGUS...MONROE...WAYNE...NORTHERN CAYUGA COUNTIES.

* TIMING...EARLY THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. STRONGEST
WINDS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* IMPACTS...WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL BRING DOWN A FEW TREES
AND RESULT IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES. MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE
IS ALSO POSSIBLE. DRIVING IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL BE
DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE
EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR...WITH GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER
AT ANY TIME. DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES...AND PROPERTY ARE
POSSIBLE WITH WIND OF THIS MAGNITUDE. IF YOU HAVE A HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES BE EXTRA CAREFUL UNTIL THE WIND SUBSIDES. STAY TUNED TO
WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS
OR UPDATES.

CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN
337 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
COUNTIES...CATTARAUGUS AND CHAUTAUQUA.

* THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

* UNSEASONABLY WARM AND VERY MOIST AIR WILL INTERACT WITH AN
APPROACHING COLD FRONT AND GENERATE WIDESPREAD SHOWERS ACROSS
WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK THIS EVENING THROUGH TONIGHT.
RAINFALL TOTALS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE BETWEEN 1 AND 1.5 INCHES.
THIS HEAVY RAINFALL... COMBINED WITH SOILS ALREADY SATURATED
FROM RECENT RAINS AND SNOWMELT... WILL CREATE AN ELEVATED RISK
FOR LOCALIZED FLOODING...PARTICULARLY ACROSS THE STEEPER
TERRAIN.

* THIS RAINFALL MAY RESULT IN RAPID RISES OF LOCAL STREAMS
RESULTING IN LOCALIZED MINOR FLOODING OF LOW LYING AND POORLY
DRAINED AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE
ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO
FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING
DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV
STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY
TO 6 PM EST FRIDAY...

* LOCATIONS...CHAUTAUQUA AND CATTARAUGUS COUNTIES.

* TIMING...LATE THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES THURSDAY...4 TO 6 INCHES THURSDAY
NIGHT...AND 2 TO 4 INCHES FRIDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 6
TO 12 INCHES IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE SNOWS.

* WINDS...WEST 20 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES IN SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL RESULT IN VERY DIFFICULT
TRAVEL WITH VERY POOR VISIBILITY AND DEEP SNOW COVER ON ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN LAKE EFFECT SNOW THE WEATHER CAN VARY FROM LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW
IN NARROW BANDS TO CLEAR SKIES JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. IF YOU WILL
BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE REGION BE PREPARED FOR RAPID CHANGES IN
ROAD AND VISIBILITY CONDITIONS.

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.

WYOMING-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WARSAW...ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
324 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM
THURSDAY TO 6 PM EST FRIDAY...

* LOCATIONS...WYOMING AND SOUTHERN ERIE COUNTIES.

* TIMING...LATE THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES THURSDAY...1 TO 3 INCHES THURSDAY
NIGHT...AND 1 TO 3 INCHES FRIDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS UP
TO 6 INCHES IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE SNOWS.

* WINDS...WEST 20 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES IN SNOW AND
BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL
WITH VERY POOR VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVER ON ROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN LAKE EFFECT SNOW THE WEATHER CAN VARY FROM LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW
IN NARROW BANDS TO CLEAR SKIES JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. IF YOU WILL
BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE REGION BE PREPARED FOR RAPID CHANGES IN
ROAD AND VISIBILITY CONDITIONS.

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.