Weather_Alerts

December 26, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM EDT

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Weather_Alerts

December 26, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM EDT

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1026 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

NYZ001-002-010>012-085-270630-
NIAGARA-ORLEANS-NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NIAGARA FALLS...MEDINA...BUFFALO...
BATAVIA...WARSAW...ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
1026 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...HEAVY SNOW INTO THE OVERNIGHT...

PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED...
WITH ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED FOR MUCH OF THE
REGION BY 2 AM. SNOWFALL RATES SHOULD DIMINISH AFTER 2 AM BUT A
STEADY LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE NIGHT.

EXPECT NORTHEAST WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH...WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 35
MPH CLOSER TO THE LAKE ERIE AND LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINES AND
ACROSS THE HIGHER HILLTOPS. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE VERY LOW VISIBILITIES...A QUARTER MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES. TRAVEL ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE EXTREMELY
DIFFICULT AND HAZARDOUS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
432 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

NYZ001-002-010>012-085-270045-
NIAGARA-ORLEANS-NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NIAGARA FALLS...MEDINA...BUFFALO...
BATAVIA...WARSAW...ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
432 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE REGION...

AREAS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTHWARD THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF
THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. SNOWFALL WILL INCREASE
RAPIDLY FROM SOUTH TO NORTH AS SEVERAL BANDS OF HEAVIER SNOW WILL
NEGATIVELY AFFECT THE EVENING COMMUTE. SNOWFALL RATES EXCEEDING ONE
INCH PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED...WITH AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES
EXPECTED BY EARLY THIS EVENING.

NORTHEAST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH...WITH GUSTS AS
HIGH AS 35 MPH ALONG THE LAKE ERIE AND LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINES.
THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE
VERY LOW VISIBILITIES...A QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. TRAVEL
ACROSS THE REGION WILL BECOME HAZARDOUS...IF NOT EXTREMELY
DIFFICULT BY LATE AFTERNOON OR EARLY THIS EVENING.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
351 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

NYZ001>005-010-011-013-014-270500-
/O.CON.KBUF.WS.W.0006.121226T2100Z-121227T1800Z/
NIAGARA-ORLEANS-MONROE-WAYNE-NORTHERN CAYUGA-NORTHERN ERIE-
GENESEE-LIVINGSTON-ONTARIO-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NIAGARA FALLS...MEDINA...ROCHESTER...
NEWARK...FAIR HAVEN...BUFFALO...BATAVIA...GENESEO...CANANDAIGUA
351 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST
THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE NORTHERN NIAGARA FRONTIER...GENESEE VALLEY AND
FINGER LAKES.

* TIMING...LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
HEAVIEST SNOW THROUGH MID OVERNIGHT.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO 2 INCHES THIS AFTERNOON...6 TO 12 INCHES
TONIGHT...AND UP TO 2 INCHES THURSDAY...LEADING TO STORM TOTALS
OF 8 TO 16 INCHES. GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE SOUTH OF
BUFFALO AND ROCHESTER.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. LOCALIZED
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL
PRODUCE VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2
INCHES PER HOUR OVERNIGHT WILL MAINTAIN SNOW COVERED ROADS AND
VERY POOR VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA YOU
SHOULD CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF POSSIBLE...OR YOU SHOULD USE
EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE.

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.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
351 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

NYZ012-019>021-085-270500-
/O.CON.KBUF.WS.W.0006.000000T0000Z-121227T1500Z/
WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-ALLEGANY-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WARSAW...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
WELLSVILLE...ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
351 PM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST
THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE WESTERN SOUTHERN TIER AND SOUTHERN ERIE AND
WYOMING COUNTIES.

* TIMING...THROUGH LATE THURSDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW THROUGH
MID OVERNIGHT.

* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 3 INCHES THIS AFTERNOON...6 TO 12 INCHES
TONIGHT...AND AN INCH OR LESS THURSDAY....LEADING TO STORM
TOTALS OF 8 TO 16 INCHES.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES...AS LOW AS A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. LOCALIZED
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL
PRODUCE VERY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2
INCHES PER HOUR OVERNIGHT WILL MAINTAIN SNOW COVERED ROADS AND
VERY POOR VISIBILITY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
928 AM EST WED DEC 26 2012

PAZ004>006-010>012-037-041-042-262230-
/O.CON.KCTP.WS.W.0006.121226T1800Z-121227T1200Z/
WARREN-MCKEAN-POTTER-ELK-CAMERON-NORTHERN CLINTON-TIOGA-
NORTHERN LYCOMING-SULLIVAN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WARREN...BRADFORD...COUDERSPORT...
ST. MARYS...RIDGWAY...EMPORIUM...RENOVO...MANSFIELD...WELLSBORO...
LAPORTE
928 AM EST WED DEC 26 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 7 AM EST THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...NORTHERN MOUNTAINS.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN DURING THE MID-DAY HOURS AND CONTINUE
HEAVY AT TIMES INTO TONIGHT. THE HEAVY SNOW WILL TAPER TO A
MIXTURE OF LIGHT SNOW AND FREEZING DRIZZLE INTO EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING.

* IMPACTS...DANGEROUS TRAVEL DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS. ISOLATED
POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOW WHICH MAY
BUILD UP ON POWER LINES OR TREES.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE MID 20S.