Much colder weather and another storm possibility for the end of the week

EARLY ALERT: A significant winter storm possibility for Thursday and Friday, much colder conditions Friday into Christmas weekend, and strong winds Friday into Saturday are all in the potential scenarios for this week, even while Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west currently are coping with a LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING through early Monday afternoon.

The US National Weather Service Buffalo NY has issued the forecasts, with the NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center, which provided the temperature prediction map for Saturday that accompanies this story reporting:

“A frigid Arctic air mass will plunge southward throughout this week, bringing dangerously cold temps & wind chills across the Central & Eastern U.S. As you finish your holiday shopping, take action to protect yourself from the cold.”

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM by being alert to cold weather precautions at for oneself, family members and vulnerable populations.

Various components of the forecasts are available through the following resources:

— Overall views at for the NWS Buffalo forecast region, for Steuben and counties to the east, and for adjoining Pennsylvania counties.

— Separate snow and ice forecasts for Allegany County and the rest of Western New York are available at, for Steuben County east at, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at

— Local weather forecasts for specific areas are accessible through the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS pages, with Hourly Weather Forecasts, which project event timing throughout the day, found on the lower right side of local pages.

— Progression of storms can be tracked interactively via a zoomable NWS Doppler radar site at

— Previews and maps of weather components over the next seven days are available at, with Steuben County east at, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at
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