Governor requests federal disaster aid for Western New York; projected snow totals increase for tonight and tomorrow across Allegany County

UPDATE- 6:45PM: Gov. Kathy Hochul is requesting federal storm disaster aid for 11 counties, including Cattaraugus and Wyoming, with potential for power outages in Livingston.

Up to six inches of snow an hour have been recorded in parts of Western New York.
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BREAKING – UPDATED WEATHER ALERT: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY remains in effect from 10PM today through 10PM Sunday, with higher accumulations being projected by the US National Weather Service Buffalo NY than those of this morning.

The new map shows increased snow depth possibilities for the entire county, as of this afternoon, with the inset providing the morning forecast.

Current projections are for four to eight inches, with wind gusts at times above 20MPH.

“Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands, according to the NWS, “If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.”

Changing storm patterns
This is an unpredictable storm as it relates to snowfall levels and winds in specific areas. A short distance can result in a major difference.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul ad issued a 30-day Disaster Declaration Thursday for 11 counties in Western and Central New York, including Cattaraugus and Wyoming, along with all contiguous counties, which includes Allegany, to enable moving of resources to impacted areas before, during and after the storm event.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and continue to monitor regularly, particularly if one needs to chance travel for work.

Storm tracking resources
Various resources include for an overall view of the NWS Buffalo forecast region, for Steuben and counties to the east, and for adjoining Pennsylvania counties, with a “/winter” added to the URLs for winter weather forecasts: for Western New York, for Steuben County east, and for adjoining Pennsylvania.

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 weather timing including temperatures, winds and precipitation 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 of weather components over the next seven days are available at, with Steuben County east at, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at

The NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) website is at, with the overall Weather Prediction Center at, which includes information on types of potential weather dangers.

Check the information on cold weather safety, available at, with information on general winter and other projections at Be prepared in advance of threatening weather and monitor during an event for updates.
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