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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, news, weather.

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By Western New York’s standards, three to six inches of snow can be considered a good base for outdoor winter activity. 

However, the National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lake effect snow advisory, which is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say an additional three to five inches of snow is expected tonight and an inch for Thursday in “persistent snows.”

The winds will be coming out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, producing blowing and drifting snow.

Blowing snow has the potential to produce difficult driving conditions with poor visibility and snow-covered roads.

In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. NWS officials remind travelers to be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m.: The lake effect snow advisory has been upgraded to a lake effect snow warning by the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 2:13 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, winter weather advisory.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for Wyoming and southern Erie counties from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow accumulation is expected to reach 4 to 6 inches by Wednesday afternoon. 

Winds will be coming out of the west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Blowing snow may reduce visibility to a half mile at times.

While the NWS has issued the advisory, officials say it implies that severe winter weather is not anticipated.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, lake effect snow, weather, news.

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A band of lake effect snow is due to hit Wyoming County early Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a lake effect snow warning from 1 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Sunday for Wyoming, southern Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.

The greatest snow amounts are expected to focus on the higher terrain of the southwest Wyoming County, the Chautauqua Ridge, and Boston Hills.

Snow accumulations of up to 2 inches Thursday afternoon, 3 to 5 inches Thursday night, 4 to 7 inches Friday, and 1 to 2 feet Friday evening through Sunday. 

The wind will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. 

Visibility can be less than a quarter-mile at times, the temperature will hover around the mid to high 30s during the day, with lows in the 20s overnight.

Periods of heavy lake effect snow will produce very difficult travel conditions with poor visibility and snow covered roads. 

NWS officials say this will be a long lasting event with several days of difficult travel conditions.

In lake effect snow, the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. Travelers are warned to be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, flooding.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Buffalo has issued a flood warning until 11:30 p.m..

Officials say doppler radar indicated around an inch of rain has fallen across Wyoming and southern Erie counties and the northern portion of the southern tier. 

Although the rain has ended, significant runoff will continue from the heavier rain earlier today and from rapid snowmelt. 

Many small streams and creeks are likely to flow out of their banks, the NWS says, with flooding also likely in low lying areas. This may result in water crossing some roads, especially near said areas. Additionally, some roads may be closed or impassable due to flooding. 

Officials advise turning around if encountering flooded roads.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, news, flooding.

Warmer weather is likely to bring a surge of flooding to Wyoming County, weather officials say.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a flood watch from Thursday morning through Friday evening.

Officials say much warmer temperatures and a prolonged period of rain will melt the snowpack in place across Western New York. The melt off may result in a substantial rise in area creeks and streams. Additionally, ice cover on the waterways will lift and flow with the rising waters creating a risk of ice jamming at any point along the creeks and streams.

The ice jams will  present a significant risk of flooding danger during this period, NWS officials say.

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

Travelers in Wyoming County can anticipate freezing rain and snow on their morning and evening commutes tomorrow.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Although snow and ice accumulations are expected to be minimal, icy road conditions may make traveling in and around the county hazardous, weather officials say.

Widespread light snow will change over to freezing rain during the day Tuesday creating slippery conditions on untreated surfaces until warmer temperatures arrive Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, blizzard.

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Radar image from the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service of Buffalo has issued a special weather statement for Wyoming County until 5:15 p.m..

Narrow bands of intense lake effect sow across Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and southern Erie counties will bring localized whiteout conditions with gusty winds up to 50 mph. 

Snowfall is expected to be about 2 to 3 inches per hour. This will create hazardous travel conditions across the area. Travelers can expect nearly clear skies to near blizzard conditions over very short distances.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

A lake effect snow warning has been issued for Wyoming County from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) says snow is expected to hit Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and southern Erie counties early Wednesday afternoon. 

Accumulations of up to 6 inches Wednesday, 7 inches Thursday and 2 inches Friday are predicted, leading to storm totals of 7 to 14 inches in the most persistent areas. 

Winds will be coming out of the west at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, with the strongest winds Wednesday afternoon and evening. 

Blowing and drifting snow may produce near whiteout conditions at times resulting in poor visibility and road conditions. 

The NWS reminds travelers that the weather can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away.

Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:02 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, Bliss, Letchworth State Park.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo reports a band of lake effect snow producing snowfall rates of about 1 to 2 inches per hour extended along a line from Holland to Bliss to Canaseraga.

Winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with this band of lake effect snow and is due to impact southern Wyoming County, including Letchworth State Park. 

The NWS warns that conditions can deteriorate rapidly; be prepared for snow or ice covered roads, and allow extra time when traveling.

The snowfall is expected to last until 2:45 p.m..

UPDATE 2:59 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: The advisory has been extended to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, lake effect snow.

Many may not have had a white Christmas, but Mother Nature has a way of making up for things.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued a lake effect snow warning for Wyoming County from 4 p.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday.

The greatest snow amounts are expected to be across the higher terrain in the western portion of the county. 

Accumulations are anticipated to be around an inch late Thursday, 3 to 5 inches Thursday night, 2 to 4 inches Friday, and an inch Friday evening. This may result in snow totals of 6 to 11 inches in the most persistent bands of lake snow. 

Winds will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph producing blowing and drifting snow. Additionally, visibility may be reduced to less than a quarter mile at times with deep snow cover on roads. 

The NWS reminds residents that the weather can vary form locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. Be prepared for prepared changes in road and visibility conditions.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:23 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, school, Arcade, Castile, letchworth, Warsaw.

School closings and delays for Wyoming County Dec. 15:

    • Castile Christian Academy – Closed

    • Letchworth Central School – Delayed two hours 

    • Pioneer Central School – Delayed two hours

    • Genesee Community College Warsaw campus – Closed

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, lake effect snow.

Wyoming County residents can anticipate heavy lake effect and blowing snow Thursday night into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. The lake effect snow warning issued for tonight through 7 p.m. Thursday remains in effect.

NWS officials say 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected tonight, 2 to 4 inches Thursday, and 1 to 3 inches Thursday night.

Winds will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. 

Blowing and drifting snow may reduce visibility and cause varying road conditions.

Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/buffalo.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:45 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, lake effect snow.

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File photo:

Another foot of snow is expected to reach parts of Wyoming County over the next couple of days.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lake effect snow warning from 1 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Thursday. 

While snowfall predictions are minimal for this afternoon – an inch or less – the county is expected to get 4 to 8 inches of the powdery stuff tonight and an additional 2 to 4 inches Thursday. Winds from the west are estimated at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45. 

Blowing and drifting snow may reduce visibility and accumulate on roadways causing poor driving conditions.

The NWS says lake effect snow can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies a few miles away. 

For additional details visit www.weather.gov/buffalo.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

Get your shovels ready Wyoming County, another blast of wintery weather is on its way.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a lake effect snow advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.

Accumulations are anticipated to be 4 to 7 inches overnight Wednesday. Winds will be coming out of the west at 15 to 25 mph. Visibility may be under a quarter mile at times. Temperatures will dip to lows between 5 and 10 degrees.

Bands of heavy lake effect snow and blowing snow may produce significant accumulations on roads and create poor visibility. 

The NWS advises preparedness of rapidly changing weather and road conditions.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, winter, weather, driving, snow, ice, announcements.

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Press release, photos submitted by the New York State Police.

In preparation for the first real snowfall for this season, the State Police and AAA of Central Western NY encourage motorists to exercise due care over the next few days.    

The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible, however, they need your assistance to make this possible. 

Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent. 

Keep the following tips in mind:

    • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio  or TV stations;

    • Keep a full tank of gas;

    • Fluid levels are sufficient (windshield washer fluid, antifreeze);

    • Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench;

    • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather then your headlights must be on;

    • Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly;

    • Brake early;

    • Do not use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking;

    • Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference;

    • Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work; and

    • If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

AAA Basic Winter Driving Tips:

    • Twenty-four percent of weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy roads.

    • Top three winter driving tips: go slow, increase space between yourself and other vehicles, and brake smoothly – don’t brake and turn at the same time.

    • Obey all travel bans issued by authorities.

“Much of the region is expected to hit with winter weather. Motorists should prepare their cars and pack an emergency roadside kit. It’s important to use winter driving skills as slick roads create dangerous situations,” said Elizabeth Carey, public affairs manager at AAA WCNY. “AAA will prioritize emergencies when responding to service calls. We urge all drivers to obey any travel advisories and use caution when traveling.”

If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?

Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available?:

    • Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.

    • Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:

    • If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 9-1-1. Do not exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency, you put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle;

    • Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide; and

    • If you should become stranded on the thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible. 

Follow the New York State Police's Twitter page @nyspolice for up-to-the-minute information on road closures and weather alerts.

The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information. 

Slow down. Be prepared. Be safe. 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

On the heels of a lake effect snow warning comes a winter weather advisory for the county.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo (NWS) has issued the advisory for a mix of snow and freezing rain from tonight’s rush hour commute until 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

The wintery mix can produce accumulations of 1 to 2 inches of snow and less than an inch of freezing rain. Additionally, untreated roadways may result in slippery travel tonight.

More details can be found at www.weather.gov/buffalo.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather, lake effect snow.

A lake effect snow warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued the warning for Wyoming, southern Erie, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties.

Accumulations are expected to be 4 to 8 inches Thursday, 6 to 11 inches Thursday night, 5 to 9 inches Friday, and 3 to 5 inches Friday night. Total snowfall will be about 2 to 3 feet.

Winds will be coming from the west at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. Blowing and drifting snow will leave visibility to as low as a quarter mile at times. Additionally, significant accumulation of snow on roadways may result in hazardous to dangerous travel conditions.

The NWS says lake effect snow can vary from locally heavy snow in narrow bands to clear skies just a few miles away. Be prepared for rapid changes in road and visibility conditions. 

If you lose power and and use a generator it should be located outside and properly ventilated. Additionally, keep snow clear of exhausts and fresh air intakes. 

For more information visit www.weatehr.gov/buffal.report

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:44 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter weather advisory for freezing rain. 

From around 6 p.m. until 10 a.m. tomorrow freezing rain is possible with a mix or snow or sleet. Accumulations are expected to be less than an inch, with winds southeast at 10 to 15 mph. 

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 30s tonight and mid 30s tomorrow. 

Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm
posted by Billie Owens in Wyoming County, Warsaw, weather.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued at wind advisory, in effect from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. It specifically cites Northern Wyoming County and Warsaw.

Winds are predicted to be 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.

Strong winds may cause minor property damage and power outages. Remember to secure any loose objects that can easily be blown around by wind.

A wind advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecasted to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts ranging between 46 and 57 mph. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damages unless extra precautions are taken.

Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm
posted by Billie Owens in weather.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Northwestern Wyoming County until 8:15 p.m.

The storm was located in Clarence and is moving northeast at 50 mph.

Wind gusts of 60 mph and penny-size hail are possible hazards due to the storm. These can damage roofs, siding and trees.

Bennington is specifically mentioned in the warning.

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