A wind chill advisory has been extended for Chautauqua County through 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service has announced. The advisory also affects southern Erie County.
The NWS has current temperatures in Jamestown around 3 degrees, with a wind chill factor of minus 18 degrees. Snowfall also is expected to continue in the Southern Tier, with another 4 to 8 inches of accumulation.
A lake effect snow warning remains in effect for the county through 7 p.m. today.
The biggest concern, though, remains with the bone-chilling cold and winds up to 25 mph.
"With wind chills this cold, you want to make sure you dress in layers," said Jon Hitchcock, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Buffalo office. "Anytime you have a wind chill like this and you're outside for more than 20 to 30 minutes, there is a real risk of frostbite."
Hitchcock said the Southern Tier should expect the bitter-cold temperatures throughout the evening. Winds should die down by tonight, which will help with the wind chill factor, he said.
"The winds should diminish later on, and that will reduce the wind chill," he said. "But it's still going to be very cold around here."