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Winter Weather Expected To Arrive Today

It may be spring, but for Western New York there’s always a chance of snow in the forecast. And, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, Chautauqua County could see a little of everything today.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from midnight through 2 p.m. Certain areas could see between 4 and 6 inches of snow. Meanwhile, the weather service said a “brief period of sleet and freezing rain is possible near the Pennsylvania state line.”

The advisory includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Erie counties.

“Plan on slushy and very slippery road conditions,” the advisory states. “The hazardous conditions will impact the Wednesday morning commute. This will be a heavy, wet snow, and may result in isolated power outages and a few downed tree limbs.”

“Snow accumulations will be lower along the immediate Lake Erie shore,” the advisory continues. “Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities. Slow down and use caution while driving.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he has directed state agencies to prepare emergency response assets as the weather system is forecast to impact different parts of the upstate area. A line of showers and embedded thunderstorms are also expected to quickly move across the lower Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island regions early to mid-afternoon along and west of the Hudson River, and mid-to-late-afternoon East of the Hudson River. Winds could gust up to 45 mph or more near coastal locations. The line of storm activity should move offshore by early Wednesday evening.

“Another round of potentially severe weather is making its way toward New York state tomorrow, with heavy snow in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions during the morning hours and possible severe thunderstorms in the Capital Region and Mid-Hudson later Wednesday,” Cuomo said. “I have directed State agencies to track this weather system closely and ensure we are prepared to support any requests from local governments. I encourage all New Yorkers to drive safely, especially if you are traveling tomorrow morning.”

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