Brutal wind chills, lake effect snow persist throughout the Finger Lakes tonight

Walking outside this morning might have felt like a shock for some, as the Finger Lakes experienced temperatures that haven’t been seen in recent memory.

Forecasters say the temperatures will continue falling through Thursday, which will mean that staying warm, bundled up, and keeping children and pets safe is a priority. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisories for Monroe, Wayne, and Northern Cayuga counties in the Finger Lakes region. While Wind Chill Advisories are active for other parts of the area. See below for the latest on those advisories, including the quick-breakdown of information important for those heading out in the next 24 to 48 hours.

It won’t just be chilly, though. Forecasters are calling this dangerously cold weather, which could lead to hypothermia or frostbite. Those with pets are urged to keep them indoors during this dangerously cold period. As most forecasters have indicated thus far, travel conditions will vary wildly over the next two days. Some areas will see breaks of sun — while other areas could be near-whiteout conditions.

Winter Weather Advisory

WHEN: Until 7 pm
WHERE: Northern Cayuga, Monroe and Wayne counties
WHAT: Lake effect snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected in the most persistent lake snows.

Wind Chill Advisory

WHEN: Until Thursday, 12 pm
WHERE: Cayuga, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Onondaga, and Wayne counties
WHAT: Very cold wind chills expected tonight and again Wednesday night. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite and even hypothermia. Expect wind chills to range from 5 below to 15 below zero tonight and from 10 below to 20 below zero Wednesday night.

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Active Warnings / Advisories / Watches by County:

– Northern Cayuga
– Southern Cayuga
– Ontario
– Schuyler
– Seneca
– Steuben
– Tompkins
– Wayne
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