NWS issues Wind Chill Watch for most of FLX

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Watch for Wayne, Monroe, Cayuga, Ontario, and Oswego counties which is in effect from late Friday night through Sunday morning. As some of the coldest air that has been felt in the Finger Lakes since last February enters the region, some dangerous snow squalls will also be possible with the entrance of the Arctic air.The Wind Chill Watch was issued the National Weather Service in Buffalo, due to wind chill values that will sink as low as 30 below zero, starting Friday night — through Sunday morning. Starting Friday night, temperatures are expected to hover at, or barely above zero degrees, which in combination with the 15 to 35 mph winds will create harsh conditions throughout the region — even in areas where a Wind Chill Watch is not in effect.

The National Weather Service notes: A Wind Chill Watch is issued when strong winds will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is 15 degrees below zero for a period of several hours. If you will be outdoors use common sense and dress warmly, making sure that all exposed skin is covered. If possible, avoid prolonged exposure to the cold to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect for Wayne, Oswego, and Northern Cayuga Counties until 4 am Friday morning.An additional 6 to 11 inches of snow is expected to fall in the warned areas over the next 24 hours, which will make travel through these areas very difficult. Winds will be sustained out of the west between 15 and 25 mph with gusts pushing up to 35 mph. The snowfall combined with the harsh temperatures will make treating roads more difficult, which with the blowing and drifting in persistent lake effect snows could make traveling incredibly dangerous. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution on roadways.For the latest local forecast and live radar images visit the FingerLakes1.com FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center.

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