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Historic Christmas Lake Effect Blizzard


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This is also nuts

 

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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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY

647 PM EST FRI DEC 23 2022

 

NYZ010-011-240045-

GENESEE NY-NORTHERN ERIE NY-

647 PM EST FRI DEC 23 2022

 

...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL IMPOSSIBLE FOR PORTIONS OF 

THE NIAGARA FRONTIER THIS EVENING...

 

HAZARDS...THE COMBINATION OF A BAND OF HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS GUSTING 

TO 65 MPH IS PRODUCING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS. IN THIS BAND VISIBILITY 

IS ZERO, AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS VEHICLES STRANDED ON THE ROADWAYS. 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL IN THIS BAND. 

 

LOCATION AND MOVEMENT...AT 645 PM EST, A BAND OF VERY HEAVY SNOW WAS 

ACROSS THE CITY OF BUFFALO, EXTENDING NORTHEAST ACROSS 

WILLIAMSVILLE, CHEEKTOWAGA, CLARENCE, AND AKRON. THE BAND IS 

EXPECTED TO REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY THROUGH 8 PM.

 

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...

BUFFALO, CHEEKTOWAGA, WEST SENECA, CLARENCE, LACKAWANNA, DEPEW,

AMHERST, TONAWANDA, LANCASTER, WILLIAMSVILLE, PEMBROKE, AKRON, SMALL

BOAT HARBOR, ERIE BASIN MARINA, OAKFIELD, ALABAMA, CORFU, CLARENCE

CENTER, EAST AMHERST AND EAST PEMBROKE.

 

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN EXITS 48A AND 55.

 

SAFETY INFO...

TRAVEL IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS AREA, WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.

 

&&

 

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25 minutes ago, cleetussnow said:

Let me get this straight:

4 to 5 feet of snow

70 MPH winds

wind chills to -25

That is weather porn that not even The late James from Harwich could dream up.  

I know it's for a relatively small, (though highly populated) area, but Buffalo's forecast through early Christmas might be the single craziest one I've ever read for a non-mountainous area.  Certainly for any well-populated area.  What they've experienced today alone is insane.  I hope everyone stays safe out there.

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Reed Timmer has a vid about this latest LES event in Buffalo. Its absolutely crazy! Vis is damn near nonexistent. Winds have been gusting into the seventies in the presence of heavy snow and mid to upper positive single digit temperature conditions. 

Last night here in south central Texas, we had no snow but it was super cold (at least for us) 12 degrees with northerly wind gusts to 50mph at times. I was delivering for uber eats and it was cold as fook! Wind chills were severe, for us south Texans, down to minus ten. I am not used to this kind of weather anymore! I have now lost all my plants and will start from scratch come spring down here. Its getting so you CAN'T grow citrus here in Texas any more. Climate change is severe and it is changing very very fast, so fast I dont think we can keep up.

You guys up in west New York are getting devastated yet again! Note this is not happening one a decade, or once in a generation anymore. It is happening to you once a MONTH! Maybe I'm wrong, but it appears the weather is out of control. Has anyone checked the oceanic currents in the Atlantic lately? Maybe it is slowing down a hell of a lot more than anyone imagined!

 

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..LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE IN THE BUFFALO METRO AREA AND JEFFERSON COUNTY...

Crippling BLIZZARD well underway across the Niagara Frontier with a prolonged period of zero visibility across much of the Buffalo metro area. The Buffalo radar showing a single band of intense snowfall with rates of 2+ inches per hour parked across the Buffalo metro area extending into northwest Genesee, southwest Orleans and southern Niagara counties. The expectation is that the lake band will meander a bit to the north and south, but it appears that it will remain parked across the Buffalo metro area tonight through Saturday, and will not start to drift south until Saturday night.

As for the winds, surface pressure over southern Ontario will continue to intensify to around 961mb tonight as it wobbles into Quebec. Peak wind gusts have already exceeded 70 mph across parts of western New York today and most guidance suggests that even stronger winds are possible tonight, before starting to very gradually subside during the day Saturday. The combination of the lake snows and intense winds will maintain the blizzard conditions across the Niagara Frontier through at least the day Saturday.

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Not from the area and casually observe significant NE snow events, so as a region that takes lake effect snow constantly, where will today-Saturday rank all time for Buffalo blizzards, let alone lake effect events? From an outside perspective, high end tropical storm conditions associated with intense snow bands parked over a major metro area for a day or 2 spells absolute disaster but I could be wrong. So overall, what will be the eventual impact and overall historic ranking of this event? 

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I've snow plowed for almost 10 years now and this is the first time I'm completely unable to leave my house because of the conditions. Even in 2014 I managed to carefully make my way to each parking lot. I've never seen this low of visibility for this long of duration. I'm hoping for the band to push north a bit more for a little while so I can get a small window to try to get to a few places before the snow gets to out of control. 

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Just now, MattPetrulli said:

Not from the area and casually observe significant NE snow events, so as a region that takes lake effect snow constantly, where will today-Saturday rank all time for Buffalo blizzards, let alone lake effect events? From an outside perspective, high end tropical storm conditions associated with intense snow bands parked over a major metro area for a day or 2 spells absolute disaster but I could be wrong. So overall, what will be the eventual impact and overall historic ranking of this event? 

I've pretty much struggled to see across my street for 12+ hours. If it stays this way until saturday night/sunday morning it will be compared to the blizzard of 1977 which was #1 by a pretty big margin 

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