NWS upgrades to Wind Chill Warning

The National Weather Service has upgraded the Wind Chill Watch to a Wind Chill Warning for the entire region, as the coldest air of the season arrives.The warned area includes Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Cayuga, and Tompkins counties in the Finger Lakes. It runs from 4 am Saturday morning, until 1 pm Sunday afternoon. The coldest temperatures and wind chill values are expected to be registered Saturday night and Sunday morning, when wind chill values will drop to 20 to 35 below zero.

Strong winds out of the northwest will usher in this cold air, which at times on Saturday and Sunday will gust up to 45 mph. The strong winds will begin around midnight on Saturday and continue through early Sunday morning. High temperatures throughout this event on Saturday and Sunday are only expected to be a few degrees above zero with highs throughout the region staying between 3 and 10 degrees Saturday and Sunday.

The National Weather Service points out that: A Wind Chill Warning is issued when the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia or even death if precautions are not taken.The extreme cold will be ushered in by an Arctic front, which will bring a heavy snow squall to the region around 10 pm Friday in the Finger Lakes. The squall will dump a quick inch or two of snow and reduce visibility to zero, as winds gust in excess of 45 mph.For the latest local forecast and live radar images visit the FingerLakes1.com FingerLakes1.com Local Weather Center.

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