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January 2, 2014

Severe windchill warning issued

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Wind chills of up to minus 20 degrees are in store for Niagara and Orleans counties Thursday through Friday afternoon, posing risks of frostbite and hypothermia for those outside for even brief periods of time.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory early Thursday citing winds of 15 to 25 mph. Combined with heavy and blowing snow, hazardous conditions have been created.

A winter storm warning was issued for Thursday afternoon through early Friday morning. Visibility will be as low as half a mile in parts of Niagara County, according to the weather service. About 4 to 8 inches of accumulation are expected for Thursday and 2 to 4 inches overnight. Roads may be icy as temperatures below 15 degrees hamper the effect of salt on roads.

National Weather Services urges people to dress warmly if they must go outside and cover all exposed skin. In case of power loss, make sure that generators are outside and properly ventilated. Space heaters should also be ventilated properly and only used if they're working correctly. Make sure snow does not block exhausts and fresh air intakes on high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters.