BUFFALO – A strong winter storm is expected to impact much of the Northeast over the next two days, and that includes Chautauqua County and the rest of Western New York.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, running from 8 p.m. Monday until 8 p.m. Wednesday. During that period, the area will see moderate to heavy snow at times, along with blowing snow.
Although the Highest amounts of snow will be expected along the lake shore region of the county, Jamestown is also expected to get its fair share of snow. For the county, accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are being predicted for Monday night; 3 to 5 inches for Tuesday during the day; 3 to 6 inches for Tuesday night; and 1 to 3 inches for Wednesday – leading to storm totals ranging anywhere between 9 to 17 inches.
Forecasters say the Heavy snow and blowing snow could produce very difficult driving conditions with very poor visibility and deep snow cover on roads. Motorists are urged to use caution and take their time getting to and from their destination.
NOR’EASTER TO HIT EASTERN NY
This week’s winter storm is also expected to create problems across the state. As a result, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced actions being taken to prepare and respond to the strong Nor’easter. The New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated beginning Monday night, and the Governor has also directed state agencies to be on heightened alert in advance of the storm and prepared to deploy personnel and state stockpile resources – including sandbags, generators and pumps – as needed.
The Nor’easter is predicted to bring over a foot of snow to the Capital Region, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island regions. The latest forecasts anticipate blizzard like conditions in those regions of the state for the Tuesday morning commute, and commuters are urged to drive with caution.