The combination of cold temps and areas of blowing and drifting snow will make for perpetually treacherous areas of travel this morning across parts of our area. Yesterday’s storm forecast seems to have verified quite well, with the overachievers being zones that either were covered with (locally up to 8”, or zones that bordered our up to 10” zones), we have seen accumulations as high as 12” in some localized areas.
Our high temp today will top out late this morning in the low 20’s north and upper 20’s south, a powerful arctic cold front mentioned in last nights post will cross the region this afternoon between 2-4pm. Along this squall line will be 30-40 MPH wind gusts that will combine with ground snow and falling snow to create near white out conditions as it passes. Roads will quickly cover over as this front passes through the entire region. Our concern is the timing of this frontal passage will be during school dismissal and early commute, this can be a recipe for a dangerous combination, please be alert for this potential. Behind this front the temps will begin to plummet to near zero or below by tonight. These temps are way below the effective range of rock salt, therefore the combination of the coating to 2 inches that may fall as the front passes, and the persistent blowing snow may lead to travel issues that linger well into Thursday in some locations.
The low temps will combine with strong wind gusts and create wind chills that will be dangerously low. Wind chill temps will range from -15 to -40 across the region, this can cause frost bite in 10-30 mins on exposed skin, keep this in mind for bus stop waits tomorrow AM, pets and people alike. We will live track the squall line which is currently in western NY as it approaches our region, please factor its passage and effects into your travel plans this afternoon. Thanks
Below is a simulated radar for 2,3 and 4PM tomorrow, you can see as the narrow but intense band of snow moves across the region..