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BLIZZARD WARNING ISSUED FOR COUNTY

A resident snow blows a driveway.

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Blizzard Warning in effect from 10 p.m. today through 4 p.m. on Friday. Heavy lake effect snow is expected with total snow accumulations of one to two feet. Winds could also gust as high as 45 to 50 mph resulting in severe blowing and drifting snow.

“We have been fortunate to have some warmer weather this past week but with significant snowfall expected to return tonight, I ask that county residents please use caution and remember to slow down if road conditions and visibility are poor,” said County Executive PJ Wendel. “Our Chautauqua County Office of Emergency Services, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Division of Transportation are prepared for this storm and I remind residents that if they must travel to please be careful.”

Drivers are reminded to:

Postpone or cancel non-essential trips if travel conditions are hazardous and obey travel bans;

Clean off all snow and ice from their vehicles by making sure snow and frost is removed from the windshield, windows and side mirrors; compacted snow is removed from the wheel wells; and snow is removed from the headlights and taillights so other drivers can see you.

Reduce their speeds when roads are slick or visibility is reduced, and turn on their headlights so other drivers can see you;

Keep parked vehicles off the roadways and shoulders of the road;

Update the emergency kit in their vehicles so it includes a shovel, snowbrush, windshield scraper, reflective vest, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, cell phone charger or battery pack, water, snack food, matches, first aid kit with a pocket knife, necessary medications, blankets, tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares, florescent distress flag, and extra hats, socks and mittens;

Remember to bring a cell phone when travelling so it can be used in case of an emergency;

Call the Sheriff’s Office or other law enforcement agencies to notify them if your vehicle breaks down on the side of the road; and

Keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.

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