‘Dangerously cold’ weather next 3 days in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 January 2018 at 8:05 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Sandy Creek is pictured on Wednesday in Albion by the Erie Canal.

Temperatures will plummet to “dangerously cold” levels in the next three days in Orleans County, the National Weather Service in Buffalo said.

Today will reach a high of 16 but will fall to 0 tonight. On Friday, the forecast calls for a high of 2 degrees and a low of minus 6, followed by a high of 1 degree on Saturday and a low of minus 3.

The Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 10 a.m. today until 7 a.m. on Saturday, when 5 to 8 inches of snow is expected for Orleans, Niagara and Monroe counties.

The Weather Service also issued a wind chill warning from 8 p.m. today until 7 a.m. on Sunday. Wind chills will range from minus 20 to minus 30 at times.

“The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin,” the Weather Service said. “Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.”

The Weather Service urged people to stay inside. But if people do go out, “be sure to cover all exposed skin.”

Drivers were also urged to “be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.”

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