Counties to the west under Winter Storm Watch, with wind projections mapped for Western New York

BREAKING: Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west now are under a WINTER STORM WATCH from Friday morning through Monday morning, with winds as high as 65MPH, while Allegany County, NY, is expected to have lesser winds along with rain Thursday, a Flash Freeze Friday as temperatures drop to minus-zero wind chills by the evening, accompanied by a changeover to snow, and bitter cold through the remainder of Christmas Weekend.

The US National Weather Service Buffalo NY has provided wind impact maps for Thursday through Sunday which accompany this report.

Thursday currently is forecast to have breezy to windy conditions which could blow around unsecured items.

Those conditions are shown in Yellow, as Orange-defined projections move in Friday to Allegany County, with gusty winds, and potential for downed tree limbs and isolated power outages.

Red indicates strong winds which could blow down trees and power lines, with scattered power outages. Purple signifies damaging winds projections which could bring widespread power outages.

“In all cases, travel could be difficult,” forecasters say, “especially for high profile vehicles.”

Projections currently call for a major Arctic storm developing and tracking northeastward across the eastern third of the country Thursday and Friday.

This is expected to bring a warmup and widespread rain Thursday and Thursday night, followed by sharply colder conditions and a flash freeze Friday, along with a changeover back to snow, along with the winds.

Overalll perspectives are available at for the NWS Buffalo forecast region, for Steuben and counties to the east, and for adjoining Pennsylvania counties.

In addition, more extensive weather resources now are consolidated at on this Allegany Hope Community News site, which highlights more ways to track information for individual home, work or other locations.
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