Blizzard conditions plague Erie, Genesee and Wyoming Counties

Driving bans, advisories across region

January 30, 2019 - 9:07 pm
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - A Blizzard Warning has been posted for all of Erie, Genesee and Wyoming Counties.

Heavy lake effect snow is expected with additional snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds are gusting as high as 40 mph, creating wind chills as low as 25 below zero.

"Buffalo is a tough city. We're used to cold weather," Mayor Byron Brown said during a midday news conference as plows worked to clear the foot of snow that had fallen there since Tuesday. But unless it was necessary to go out, Brown urged, "please stay home."

Mayor Brown has issued a driving ban for all of the City of Buffalo, effective until 7:00 am Thursday.  By issuing a driving ban, citizens are prohibited from any unnecessary driving in the City of Buffalo.

Travel advisories are in place for ALL of  Erie County, Niagara County, Genesee County as well as Niagara Falls. Erie County is under a state of emergency and a travel ban has been issued for several communities, including Alden, Aurora, Brant, Eden, Elma, Evans, Hamburg, Marilla, North Collins and Orchard Park and all villages in those towns.

The Town and Village of Hamburg and the Village of Blasdell are now under a driving ban.

The snow band has settled southward somewhat but still encompasses much of the Buffalo metro area.

Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski provided this update:

"We are expecting continued Blizzard Like/White out conditions tonight and through the night with arctic levels of cold.  Bundle up in layers if you must go out. Non-essential street lights will continue to be placed on flash on South Park and Abbott Road, as the Skyway will most likely be shut down. Garbage and Recycling Collection for tomorrow (Thursday) will be postponed and collected next week. City Hall will be closed for Thursday, essential personnel only to report.  It will be closed on a day by day basis. All Sr. Center events will be cancelled tonight and Thursday. We will remain in a driving advisory.  Due to tractor trailer traffic build up , traffic is no longer moving quickly.  No unnecessary travel."

The University of Buffalo and scores of area school districts have made early decisions to close as a result. 

Winds will increase over the course of the storm and late Wednesday and early Thursday will produce dangerous windchills in the minus 25 range.(Scroll down for Wednesday night weindchill map)

Scroll down for a snow total forecast map through Friday.

CHECKWBEN Closings

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST THURSDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST
THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills and blizzard conditions.
Heavy lake effect snow expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below
zero. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Winds
gusting as high as 40 mph. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Northern Erie county.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, until 6 PM EST Thursday.
For the Blizzard Warning, until 1 AM EST Thursday. For the
Winter Storm Warning, from 1 AM to 7 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce
visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning
or evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite
on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow,
frequently reducing visibilities to zero. Travel is strongly
discouraged.

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST THURSDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST
THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills and blizzard conditions.
Heavy lake effect snow expected. Wind chills as low as 35 below
zero. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. Total snow accumulations
of 2 to 3 feet in the most persistent lake snows. Winds gusting
as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE...Wyoming and Southern Erie counties.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, until 6 PM EST Thursday.
For the Blizzard Warning, until 1 AM EST Thursday. For the
Winter Storm Warning, from 1 AM to 7 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult to
impossible. Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce
visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning
or evening commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could
cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow,
frequently reducing visibilities to zero. Travel is strongly
discouraged.

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST THURSDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST
THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills and blizzard conditions.
Heavy lake effect snow expected. Wind chills as low as 25 below
zero. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. Winds
gusting as high as 35 mph. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...Genesee county.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, until 6 PM EST Thursday.
For the Blizzard Warning, until 1 AM EST Thursday. For the
Winter Storm Warning, from 1 AM to 7 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult.
Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed
skin in as little as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow,
frequently reducing visibilities to zero. Travel is strongly
discouraged.

WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 35
below zero.

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, and Allegany counties.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could
cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THURSDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills and heavy lake effect snow.
Wind chills as low as 35 below zero. Additional snow
accumulations of 6 to 12 inches in the most persistent lake
snows across far northern Chautauqua and northwestern
Cattaraugus counties, with much less further south. Winds
gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE...Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Warning, until 6 PM EST Thursday.
For the Winter Storm Warning, until 7 PM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
commute. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause
frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you
must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can
occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of
25 below zero or colder.

Heavy snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be
prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

 


 

 

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