'Storm of the decade' brings whiteout conditions
Winds whipped snow through area roadways, casting a white curtain over the windshields of thousands of motorists, zeroing visibility and leading to accidents or cars going off the road.
The Thruway, from Lackawanna to Ripley, also was closed, first to tractor trailers Monday afternoon, then later to all vehicles.
Other major routes were also shut down. Emergency declarations were made and travel bans were ordered. Schools were pre emptively closed.
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definition, is when you have sustained or frequent wind gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph and visibility less than one quarter mile for at least three hours, said Tom Paone, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Buffalo, Monday evening. already kind of achieved that.
As a weary region finally settled in at home Monday night and collectively took a breath an epiphany: what about today?
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All in all, not much isn't going to change at least until late tonight or early Wednesday.
like Hamburg, Orchard Park, the Boston Hills will probably still be under the gun, Paone said, explaining that forecast models show the heaviest snow bands flirting with the Buffalo metro area again at some still unknown time today.
will be blowing snow and very cold temperatures all over, added Paone. Wednesday, according to the Weather Service. Up to a foot of lake effect snow was expected in the affected areas by this morning, with as much as 17 more inches expected today and 1 3 more inches tonight for storm totals more than three feet in the most persistent lake snows.
The heavy snowfall, combined with strong southwest winds gusting to 45 mph, was expected to continue rendering visibilities zero at times. Frigid conditions daytime highs of 5 10 degrees combined with the winds were also expected to force wind chill values as low as minus 30 degrees. today.
cold wind chills will pose a risk for frost bite and hypothermia for anyone outside for even very short periods of time, warned the Weather Service. is a life threatening cold for those not in shelter.
Buffalo schools and nearly every district in Erie County, along with all courts, Buffalo library branches and almost all municipal halls announced they'd be closed today because of the extreme weather.
The Weather Service, along with numerous government agencies, including the state's
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highest official, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, advised against travel during the blizzard.
have to be smart, you have to be prudent, said Cuomo. is not the time to take risks.
New Yorkers have experience with snow, but this is something different, added the governor. is snow with extreme Arctic cold.
Cuomo ordered the Thruway closed between Lackawanna and Ripley on Monday and declared a pre emptive of Emergency in Western New York counties Monday and said up to 1,000 state personnel from eastern New York are on their way to the region to assist with storm related efforts. The National Guard was also activated, he said.
Besides the Thruway, Cuomo said the state Department of Transportation was closing routes 400 and 219 in Erie County. The Skyway, in both
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directions, was closed to traffic Monday afternoon between downtown, and Ridge Road in Lackawanna and was expected to remain so until further notice, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, City Hall spokesman.
Although not unexpected, the hairy winter weather packed a such a strong wallop that even the most chiseled Buffalo travelers gasped.Articles Connexes：