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Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

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NOUS41 KBUF 031154

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
800 AM EDT FRI NOV 03 2017


The National Weather Service and The New York State Office of
Emergency Management is promoting winter safety to all New Yorkers
during Winter Weather Awareness week October 29 through November 4.

The National Weather Service will keep you informed of any hazardous
weather threatening New York this upcoming winter season. Hazardous
weather outlooks issued daily by your local office will highlight
the potential for severe winter weather up to 7 days in advance of a

If the chance of hazardous weather increases...a winter storm watch
would be issued in advance of a storm. Watches are issued for the
possibility of heavy snow, 7 inches or more in a 12 hour period (9
inches or more in a 24 hour period), for possible severe icing due
to freezing rain, or for possible blizzard conditions defined as the
dangerous combination of snow, blowing snow, and wind. A winter
storm watch will also be issued for the potential of heavy lake
effect snow generated by cold air moving across the great lakes.
Lake effect snow usually occurs in narrow bands, affecting some
areas and leaving nearby communities untouched.

Winter storm warnings are issued when there is a high probability of
heavy snow, severe icing of one half inch or more, or the
combination of heavy snow, sleet, or freezing rain within the next
48 hours or so. Lake effect snow warnings usually pinpoint the
location of the localized heavy snow while blizzard warnings,the
most dangerous of winter storms, are issued for widespread, blinding

Winter weather advisories are issued for winter weather conditions
which pose a significant inconvenience but are not normally consider
life threatening if the proper precautions are taken. Advisories may
be issued for between 4 and 6 inches of snow, for freezing drizzle
or light freezing rain, for blowing or drifting snow, or for dense
fog. The greatest hazard is often to motorists and pedestrians.

For extremely cold and windy weather, your National Weather Service
will issue wind chill warnings for equivalent wind chill
temperatures of minus 25 degrees or lower except minus 30 degrees or
lower in North Country counties of Jefferson and Lewis. Wind chill
advisories will inform you of equivalent wind chill readings of
minus 15 degrees (minus 20 degrees in Jefferson and Lewis counties).

A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds are expected to
reach 40 miles an hour or if wind gusts reach 58 miles an hour. A
wind advisory is issued for sustained winds from 31 to 39 miles an
hour or for wind gusts of 46 to 57 miles an hour.

You can always rely on NOAA weather radio, the voice of the National
Weather Service, for the latest forecasts, warnings and statements
this winter as well as throughout the year.

You can find out more about winter weather awareness on our website


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