National Weather Service Issues A Blizzard Warning for WNY
It's been well advertised that this was going to be a pretty nasty storm and now the National Weather Service has confirmed that this storm could turn into a full fledged blizzard.
We have seen plenty of storms over the years in Western New York. While many people use the phrase, "it's a blizzard out there!" what does a storm need to do in order to qualify as a blizzard?
1. Sustained wind or frequent gusts of 35mph or greater.
2. Considerable falling and/or blowing snow reducing visibility to under a quarter mile.
3. These conditions have to continue for at least three consecutive hours!
Essentially, it's a winter storm on steroids. The last time we saw one here in WNY was January 2, 2018.
The National Weather Service has just predicted that this storm could become just that. They've issued a blizzard warning for Erie, Genesee, and Wyoming Counties until 1am Thursday morning.
The Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until 6pm tomorrow and the winter storm warning is in effect from 1am Thursday until 7pm.