Knowns and unknowns provided for potentially impactful winter storm this week

EARLY ALERT UPDATE: A strong storm system will bring a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow late Wednesday into Thursday to Allegany County residents, with the possibility of a “significant accumulation of ice as well as several inches of wet snow,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo.

Variations as to amounts in each category still are unpredicted due to local temperatures being able to result in significant differences within short distances.

The greatest chance for wintry precipitation from the Southern Tier to the Finger Lakes will occur on Wednesday night, according to NWS forecasters, with mixed precipitation then expected to switch to rain on Thursday, with strong and gusty westerly winds possible at night as a cold front sweeps across the region, changing any wintry mix or rain back to snow.

Gusty winds also are expected for much of the day Tuesday, together with possible rain and snow showers, during early morning hours Thursday, and Thursday night winds extending into much of Friday.

Continue to monitor and plan for the potential of significant accumulations of ice which could result in downed tree limbs and power outages of unknown durations, particularly during high wind situations which hamper electric worker response efforts.

Further information, both short and long-term, for specific areas, the region and beyond is available through our exclusive Allegany Hope Weather Resources page at on this website or through the link in the left column of this page.

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