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January 22, 2013

Single digits leads to warnings


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A lake effect snow watch is in effect today through Wednesday morning along the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario from Niagara County to Wayne County. Snow accumulations of 6-12 inches are expected.

According to the weather service, areas along the southern shoreline could receive 3-5 inches of snow today, with another 4-7 inches tonight and an additional 2 inches Wednesday.

It will be windy, too, with wind speeds between 10-20 mph, creating poor visibility and slick, snow-covered roads in some areas.

January has been 8.2 degrees above average thus far, while December was 6.2 degrees above the median, Kelly added. 

National Fuel also issued a warning for customers on Monday to keep a watchful eye on the threat of carbon monoxide, as residents enter the heart of the winter season and heating systems are maxed out.  

The odorless gas can be fatal if large amounts of it are inhaled over a long period of time and can also lead to brain damage, according to Emily Ciraolo, of National Fuel. 

“We always see at least a few cases each year,” she said. “It’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector. It’s just as important as having a smoke detector.” 

The Niagara County Health Department said it is running low on supplies for those seeking inoculations. However, the county’s nursing division will offer a flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls. The cost of the vaccine is $34. To schedule an appointment call 278-1903. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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