Dangerous cold prompts NY to issue warning to WNY residents

(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Frigid temperatures akin to what New Yorkers became accustomed to in February of 2015 are back — at least for the weekend.

The freezing temperatures could get as low as negative eight degrees, with wind chill dropping temps below negative 40 at times. At the same time, WNY could receive as much as two feet of snow.

National Weather Service officials forecast the heaviest hit areas for snow over the coming days will be between Buffalo and Batavia, along with areas just off Lake Ontario.

The harsh wind, severe cold and heavy snow are set to make a perfect storm — one that Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning New Yorkers to stay out of if possible.

“As severe winter weather blankets the state this weekend, I encourage all New Yorkers to stay safe and remain indoors,” Cuomo said. “New Yorkers should exercise caution and avoid all unnecessary travel.”

For those who do venture out in the cold, frostbite is a real possibility this weekend.

Officials say there are a few things that can be done to prevent or treat frostbite, including: 

  1. Avoiding rubbing or massaging cold body parts while out in the cold.
  2. Put hands under armpits while still outdoors.
  3. Huddle together with a person or animal for warmth.
  4. Drink warm liquids.
  5. Put on extra layers.
  6. Remove rings, watches and any tight jewelry.

To treat frostbite, officials advise:

  1. Getting in a warm, but not hot, bath, wrapping extremities in moist, warm towels.
  2. Don’t put pressure on a frostbitten limb.
  3. Head to a hospital if skin turns grey or blue.

Stay with News 4’s weather team over the weekend to stay safe. Utilize the following resources to get the latest information:

  1. Our weather center
  2. The latest 4 Warn Forecast
  3. Doppler Radar
  4. Up to date traffic monitoring

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