While snow subsides, severe wind chills hinder clean up

Feb 1, 2019

While public and private snow plows scurry about the region Friday morning, officials are easing back travel bans in an effort to return to business as normal.  No snow is in the forecast, but a Wind Chill Advisory remains in place until 11 a.m. for all of Western New York. The National Weather Service says wind chill values will dip to 15-below, limiting outdoor activity and prompting many school districts to be closed again today.

Blowing snow off the shores of Lake Erie has forced officials to keep the Skyway and portions of Route 5 closed again this morning.
Credit NYS DOT

Here's the latest statement from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo:

Niagara-Orleans-Monroe-Northern Erie-Genesee-Wyoming-Livingston- Chautauqua-Cattaraugus-Allegany-Southern Erie- Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, Warsaw, Geneseo, Jamestown, Olean, Wellsville, Orchard Park, and Springville 348 AM EST Fri Feb 1 2019 ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero. * WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. * WHEN...Until 11 AM EST this morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The very cold wind chills will cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... This is a potentially dangerous situation to be outdoors. If you must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of 15 below zero or colder.