Winter Storm Warning to northwest, Winter Weather Advisory to the south in Pennsylvania

BREAKING: Allegany County will have to contend with high winds this weekend, but won’t encounter the WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, starting tonight for Pennsylvania neighbors to the south, or the WINTER STORM WARNING for the weekend to the west and northwest.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul already has issued a State of Emergency in advance of the weekend’s storm, which is predicted to dump as much as two-feet of snow in the Buffalo area, resulting in “potentially dangerous and life-threatening blizzard-like conditions,” with effects spreading out toward northwestern Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, as shown on the map accompanying this story.

The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10AM Saturday to 7AM Monday.

In Pennsylvania, the Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4PM today through 10AM Saturday, with not only snow but wind gusts up to 50MPH.

In Allegany County, a HIGH WIND WARNING also started at 4PM and will continue through 4AM Sunday, with wind gusts predicted to reach the mid-40MPH range tonight before subsiding and then starting again Saturday, continuing for most of the day, and then gradually declining through Monday, being accompanied by dropping temperatures which will create windchills in the zero and below range at time through most of next week.

For Steuben County east, a WIND ADVISORY is in effect from 7PM today through midnight Saturday. Scattered snow squalls also are possible on Sunday.

Storm preparations
Continue to Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM as these weather events evolve, taking into consideration the lessons learned about preparation from prior events, including this week’s power outages.

Prepare now for additional 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

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