High Wind Watch upgraded to warning, starting earlier today, snow alerts to south and west, wind chills plunging

A HIGH WIND WARNING now is in effect from 4PM today through 4AM Sunday for Western New York, including Allegany County, with a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect in neighboring Pennsylvania and a WINTER STORM WATCH in Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west during different periods, resulting in even more difficult travel conditions.

A National Weather Service (NWS) Warning means that alert conditions are occurring or imminent, a Watch is for anticipated activity, and an Advisory is for lesser conditions than a Warning.

The High Wind Warning has been moved up in time from the previous Watch, which last night was in effect starting at 7PM today.

Winds are expected to start from the southeast, with gusts reaching the mid-40s around 8PM tonight, before subsiding.

They then are projected to pick up from the southwest Saturday, with gusts reaching toward 50, and even higher to the northwest, throughout the day, only gradually subsiding through Sunday and into early Monday morning.

In McKean and Potter counties, Pa., the Winter Weather Advisory is from 4PM today through 1AM Saturday, with up to five inches of snow and winds of up to 50MPH being forecast during this period.

For Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west, the Winter Storm Watch is for Saturday afternoon through Monday morning.

Storm preparations
Additional information still is being produced by NWS centers so check back for updates and continue to Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM as these weather events evolve and lessons are remembered from prior events in regard to preparation.

Prepare now for more power outage potentials. Secure outside loose items and be cautious, particularly with high profile vehicles, if there is a need to drive. Stay away from windows during windy periods.

Also check on those who are elderly or disabled, particularly as temperatures drop and plan now for pet safety.

As previously reported, many trees have developed resistance to normal southwest winds, but soft soils, combined with southeast winds, make conditions more susceptible to downed trees and power lines.

Additional information on preparation before, during and after strong winds is available at https://bit.ly/3vj4Z7d.

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