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December 22-23, 2022: Warm Rain to Arctic Chill


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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service Buffalo NY

625 PM EST Fri Dec 23 2022

 

NYZ001-002-010-011-085-240730-

/O.CON.KBUF.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-221225T1200Z/

Niagara-Orleans-Northern Erie-Genesee-Southern Erie-

Including the cities of Niagara Falls, Medina, Buffalo, Batavia,

Orchard Park, and Springville

625 PM EST Fri Dec 23 2022

 

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST SUNDAY...

 

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions and very heavy lake effect snow will

  produce life threatening conditions. Storm total snow

  accumulations of 4 to 5 feet across the Buffalo Metro area, and

  1 to 3 feet in surrounding areas. Winds gusting as high as 70

  mph. Wind chills as cold as 15 to 25 below zero.

 

* WHERE...Niagara, Orleans, Erie, and Genesee counties.

 

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Sunday.

 

* IMPACTS...Travel will be impossible in the lake effect snow

  band. Areas of blowing snow will produce zero visibility. Very

  strong winds will cause extensive tree damage and power

  outages. The cold wind chills as low as 25 below zero could

  cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

Strong winds will cause significant blowing and drifting snow,

frequently reducing visibilities to zero. Travel is strongly

discouraged.

 

&&

 

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47 minutes ago, Roger Ramjet said:

We do not need snow pack tonight to see below 0. I'm already ay 4 degrees at 6:15 PM!

We're not that cold, I'm at 8F.  I will say this, we're now coldest so far for the year.
Last time we were below 10 was that bust of a storm where it started out snow and warmed up, turned to rain and was washed away by the next morning. 

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18 minutes ago, Stormfly said:

We're not that cold, I'm at 8F.  I will say this, we're now coldest so far for the year.
Last time we were below 10 was that bust of a storm where it started out snow and warmed up, turned to rain and was washed away by the next morning. 

I hear you, but this is pretty damn impressive for the area it covers and the wind is impressive - look at Buffalo!

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There's nothing worse than wasting a cold snap!  (meaning no snow!)

At least we got an inch on Sunday, January 20, 1985.  The cold that followed was incredible.  We were at -9 with winds gusting into the 40s like today. 

I remember knowing "big cold" was coming and checked the antifreeze in my truck with a hydrometer.  It was just a hair under -20F.  That morning when I pulled the cap it looked like a Martian slurpee!

A lot of folks remember this outbreak because it postponed Reagan's second term inauguration ceremony!

The next outbreak that matched this minus wind would be Jan 19, 1994.  I remember waking up to the power going out.  It was BG&E's activation of rolling blackouts due to so many people plugging in space heaters.  The power was out for 30 minutes. They said the demand shattered record (for the time) of 6.6GW!

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1 minute ago, Weather Will said:

We just don’t see this kind of cold anymore… I don’t enjoy it as much without snow as I get older but at least the glass is half full this Christmas weekend….enjoy!

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Look, I have been on this earth almost 60 years and on the old and new weather boards 15-20 years. I usually just listen. Spent 2/12 years as a Meteorology major at Lyndon State College in the late 1980's. This is a top 5 before New Year for me.

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