If our last winter storm was Hercules, this one must be Samson 2.0. Weather forecasters say the North Country, (Northern Herkimer, Lewis and Jefferson counties) including Lowville and Watertown could be getting 4 feet of snow or more. All of Central New York is also looking at life threatening wind chills. Governor Cuomo has even declared a weather emergency.
Forecasters say travel will be nearly impossible with heavy lake effect snow bands and winds of 20 to 30 m.p.h. creating whiteout conditions and impassable roads. That includes Interstate 81 south from Watertown.
* LOCATIONS...JEFFERSON AND LEWIS COUNTIES.
* TIMING...THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* HAZARDS...HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS...MORE THAN 2 FEET TODAY...10 TO 20 INCHES
TONIGHT...AND 3 TO 6 INCHES WEDNESDAY.
In addition winds gusting up to 45 m.p.h. will create wind chills of 25 to 35 below zero for all of Central New York.
DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILLS WILL POSE A RISK FOR FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA FOR ANYONE OUTSIDE, EVEN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THIS IS LIFE-THREATENING COLD FOR THOSE NOT IN SHELTER. IN ADDITION, STRONG WINDS COULD DOWN TREE LIMBS, CAUSING ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES AND ALSO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
Governor Cuomo has declared a state emergency in advance of the storm. This will redirect about a thousand people and a hundred or more snow plows and equipment from southern and eastern New York to the hardest hit areas. Listen to the Governor's press conference in the player below.