Buffalo, NY

State of Emergency Issued Ahead of Sizeable Expected Snowfall

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of heavy snowfall in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul officially issued a State of Emergency ahead of what is expected to be the first massive snowfall this winter season for the state. Buffalo, New York looks like it may receive up to five feet of snow, creating hazardous travel conditions and likely power outages.

"Parts of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York and the North Country are about to get their first snowstorm of the season, which means we need everyone in these impacted regions to be ready for dangerous travel conditions," Hochul stated of the inclement weather. "My team and I are deploying emergency response assets ahead of the storm, remain in constant contact with local officials, and are laser focused on the forecast. New Yorkers should remain vigilant ahead of the storm and avoid any unnecessary travel during these hazardous conditions."

A winter storm watch and lake effect snow warning are both in effect for several counties in the Western New York area, as well as counties in the Finger Lakes, North Country, and Central New York regions.

"Despite the unseasonably warm weather of late, winter is here across upstate New York. Do not underestimate this storm,” remarked New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray of the inclement weather. “We expect snow to be intense at times creating dangerous conditions, and significant accumulation to occur over the event. Now is the time to get prepared and have a plan. New Yorkers in the affected area who must travel later this week, should take it slow and build in extra time for your commute. And we should all check on our neighbors, particularly vulnerable neighbors, to help them prepare for winter weather in the forecast."

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