What Is A CNY Blizzard Warning?
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 7 PM Monday. A Blizzard Warning is in effect from 4 AM Monday - 4 AM Tuesday, but what is it?
A Blizzard event is imminent or expected in the next 12 to 36 hours. Sustained wind or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph will accompany falling and/or blowing snow to frequently reduce visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three or more hours.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle. [NWS]
Difference between a Blizzard and a Winter Storm:
In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities. The difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount of snow.
CNY could see wind gusts over 70 MPH. Empty tractor trailers and empty tandems are banned from portions of NYS Thruway (see the full list here) Oneida County Sherriff's says "If you must travel, have a charged cell phone and winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and immediately call 911."
Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.
National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.
To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.
You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.
Power Outage Preparation:
*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
* Download The Eagle App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notification.