Over 50 still without power as weekend wind blasts possible, followed by sub-zero windchills next week

BREAKING WEATHER: Nearly 50 locations near West Clarksville in Western Allegany County and another nine in the Swain area in the northeastern part of the county still are without power this morning, as the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo issues a HIGH WIND WATCH for 7PM tomorrow through 4AM Sunday for Western New York.

Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) is showing 50 remaining outages in its service areas, with 48 of them being in the Hamilton, Hoyett and Lyman Roads area, northwest of West Clarksville. New York State Electric and Gas is listing nine out of 10 outages in the Swain area, with most along State Route 70.

Allegany Hope Community News has queried Avangrid, parent of both companies, as to issues at these locations and estimated restoration times.

In the meantime, as we have been reporting, strong winds again are forecast for Friday night, all of Saturday, and only slowly diminishing through Sunday, with gusts of up to 60MPH possible at some points.

This will coincide with dropping temperatures Saturday night which, while still being in the mid-20s, are forecast to produce single-digit windchills. Temperatures will continue to drop, with sub-zero windchills occurring on Tuesday.

For this weekend, the NWS says that southeast winds of 25-to-35MPH, with gusts to 60MPH, are possible Friday night, changing to southwest winds of 30-to-40MPH, with gusts up to 60MPH Saturday.

Variations of the Allegany County forecast are occurring in adjoining counties, with a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY currently in effect for Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties west, particularly impactful in some western parts of those counties.

Storm preparations
Continue to Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM as these weather events evolve and lessons are learned 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.

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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