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Blizzard Warning Issued In WNY For The First Time In 21 Years — Here’s What You Need To Know

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You don’t need me to tell you that the weather is pretty bad right now…and it’s going to continue.

As a matter of fact, we’ve been issued a blizzard warning for the first time since 1993. Many municipalities are asking residents stay inside no matter what…and as I’ve mentioned about a thousand times, please bring those pets inside.

I braved the storm to make it in this morning. I left by 4 a.m. and stayed off the highways and took Delaware into the city. It was still miserable. There’s ice under the snow.

This storm got a lot of national attention, and sure, sometimes they don’t live up to the hype. This one, unfortunately, is no joke, and should be taken very seriously.

Below is the latest (6 a.m.. ET) from WKBW…after all, “We Know Buffalo Weather”!

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST WEDNESDAY… …WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* LOCATIONS…NORTHERN ERIE AND GENESEE COUNTIES…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF BUFFALO AND BATAVIA.

* TIMING…THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* HAZARDS…BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FROM HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…9 TO 17 INCHES TODAY…AND 1 TO 3 INCHES TONIGHT…LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF MORE THAN 3 FEET IN THE MOST PERSISTENT LAKE SNOWS.

* WINDS…WEST 20 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES…NEAR ZERO IN WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…AS LOW AS 30 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

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