BREAKING: The High Wind Warning, which expired at 4AM today for Allegany County, now has been downgraded to a WIND ADVISORY until 4PM, while similar advisories are in effect with different timings to the east and the south, a WINTER STORM WARNING continues to the west and northwest and a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect to the north.
Current situations, from three National Weather Service (NWS) forecast centers are:
— Allegany County: Wind Advisory, with southwest winds of 25-to-35MPH during the day, with gusts to 45-to-50MPH, are able to drop tree limbs and result in a few power outages.
Temperatures will continue to drop today and, with winds, will result in minus-zero windchills by late afternoon.
The cold will remain through at least this week, with low temperatures and minus-zero windchills at times through Saturday, reaching negative double digits on Wednesday.
— Steuben County east: Wind Advisory from 8AM to 5PM today, with southwest winds of 20-to-30MPH and gusts up to 50MPH expected. The strongest winds are forecast to be along and just behind an arctic cold frontal boundary late this morning and into the afternoon hours.
— McKean and Potter counties, Pa.: Wind Advisory from 6AM to 3PM today, with west winds 15-to-25MPH and gusts to 50MPH, particularly in the Laurel Highlands and Northwest Mountains regions.
Accompanying the first several hours of these strong, gusty winds will be one or more broken lines of snow showers and brief heavy snow squalls that could generate near whiteout conditions and coat the ground with between a half-to-an-inch of snow in less than half an hour, according to forecasters.
They recommend under these type of conditions that: “If you are traveling and see objects in the distance being obscured by heavy snow within the dangerous snow squalls, take quick action to pull off the road in a safe location, such as a parking lot or driveway to wait out the squall.
“If you are on an interstate, it`s best to get off the road at the nearest exit as soon as you notice the squall to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. If there isn`t an opportunity to safely exit the Interstate, slow down gradually before entering the squall and put on your hazard lights.”
— Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west and northwest: WINTER STORM WARNING until 7AM Monday, with the greatest impacts primarily in the northwestern parts of the two counties as one gets closer to the Buffalo area where 10 to 20 inches of new snow and near zero visibility blizzard conditions are possible in the most persistent lake snow areas. Storm totals of one-to-two feet are forecast, with two-to-three feet possible across the Buffalo southtowns. Today’s Buffalo Bills game with the Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday afternoon.
— Livingston County north: WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues through 7PM today with additional snow accumulations of two-to-four inches in the most persistent lake snow areas and winds gusting to 50MPH. Snow will fall in relatively narrow bands, forecasters say. “If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.”
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