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September 19, 2018

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING IN EFFECT


OSWEGO COUNTY – INCLUDING THE CITY OF OSWEGO
MON JAN 6 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for New York. The state of emergency covers Lewis, Oswego, Jefferson, Oneida, and Wayne counties.

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOWS…MAINLY THE FAR NORTHERN PORTION OF OSWEGO COUNTY. FOR WIND CHILLS…ALL OF OSWEGO COUNTY.

* TIMING…THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* HAZARDS…HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…MORE THAN 2 FEET TONIGHT…12 TO 24 INCHES TUESDAY…10 TO 20 INCHES TUESDAY NIGHT…AND 1 TO 3 INCHES WEDNESDAY LEADING TO STORM TOTALS OF 3 TO 5 FEET.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH.

* VISIBILITIES…AS LOW AS A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…AS LOW AS 30 BELOW.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO NEAR IMPOSSIBLE WITH SNOW COVERED ROADS AND FREQUENT WHITEOUT CONDITIONS DUE TO HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW ALONG WITH CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. ROADWAYS WILL BECOME PARTIALLY OR FULLY IMPASSABLE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. INTERSTATE 81 WILL BE GREATLY IMPACTED FROM PULASKI TO JUST SOUTH OF WATERTOWN. DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS WILL POSE A RISK FOR FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA FOR ANYONE OUTSIDE FOR EVEN VERY SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING COLD FOR THOSE NOT IN SHELTER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

IN LAKE EFFECT SNOW THE WEATHER CAN VARY FROM LOCALLY HEAVY SNOW IN NARROW BANDS TO CLEAR SKIES JUST A FEW MILES AWAY. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING ACROSS THE REGION BE PREPARED FOR RAPID CHANGES IN ROAD AND VISIBILITY CONDITIONS.

A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A STRONG WIND WILL COMBINE WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OR COLDER FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE
OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY.

IF YOU LOSE POWER AND PLAN ON RUNNING A GENERATOR MAKE SURE THAT THE GENERATOR IS LOCATED OUTDOORS AND IS PROPERLY VENTILATED. SPACE HEATERS SHOULD ALSO BE PROPERLY VENTILATED AND USED ONLY IF THEY ARE OPERATING PROPERLY. MAKE SURE SNOW DOES NOT
BLOCK EXHAUSTS AND FRESH AIR INTAKES FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACES AND WATER HEATERS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. ADDITIONAL DETAILS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BUFFALO

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