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Lake Effect Snow Warning
Issued: 14:46 EST Dec. 7, 2016 – National Weather Service

... Lake effect snow warning remains in effect from 6 am Thursday
to 6 am EST Saturday...

* locations... Chautauqua and southern Erie counties.

* Timing... from late tonight through late Friday night.

* Accumulations... 3 to 6 inches Thursday... 6 to 11 inches
Thursday night... 4 to 8 inches Friday... and 3 to 5 inches
Friday night... leading to storm totals of more than 2 feet in
the most persistent lake snows.

* Winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* Visibilities... as low as a quarter mile at times.

* Impacts... heavy lake effect snow and areas of blowing snow
will lead to significant accumulations of snow on area
roadways and very poor visibilities at times... resulting in
hazardous to nearly impossible travel conditions at times
within the most intense portion of the band. If you must
travel be prepared for severe winter weather driving
conditions with near zero visibility and deep snow cover on
roads. This includes the New York state thruway from Hamburg
to the New York/Pennsylvania state line.

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.

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.

Report snow accumulation to the National Weather Service in
Buffalo by sending an email to bufstorm.Report@noaa.Gov... posting
to the NWS Buffalo facebook Page... or tweet... using the hashtag

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